Dover Athletic FC v Braintree Town



Date Time League Season Attendance Man of the Match
22nd October 2016 3:00 pm National League 2016-2017 1,073 Ricky Miller



Magnificent Miller leads Braintree rout

Striker bags four in emphatic win

RICKY Miller scored four times as Dover hammered struggling Braintree Town at Crabble on Saturday.

Miller’s stunning haul included a first-half hat-trick, as Dover came from behind to stun the Essex side and equal their biggest winning margin in the top-flight.

The livewire striker, who also scored a treble against Forest Green Rovers at the venue last month, proved too hot for Braintree to handle, especially in the opening 45 minutes.

He struck three times in 10 minutes as Dover turned a 1-0 deficit following Sam Matthews’ sublime early strike into a 5-1 lead by half-time.

Miller, the leading scorer in the competition with 14 now, added a fourth in the second half before being substituted to a deserved standing ovation.

Aswad Thomas and Jack Parkinson got the other goals to complete a nightmare debut for Iron goalkeeper Joe Taylor, who only signed from Dartford on Friday.

The day started well enough for goalkeeper Taylor as he produced smart saves to deny Ricky Modeste and Jim Stevenson.

But despite the bright start from Dover, it was the visitors who took the lead thanks to Matthews in the 12th minute.

His stunning curling effort from 20 yards gave Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker no chance.

Dover almost provided an instant response with Taylor doing well to keep out a close-range header from Modeste from the returning Sammy Moore’s free-kick.

But they were soon back on level terms after Taylor fumbled Thomas’ shot, the ball went through his legs and crept over the line.

Miller doubled the advantage after he fired past Taylor after being sent clear by Ross Lafayette’s clever flick.

And Miller didn’t wait long to score his second, firing past Taylor from just inside the area after a neat one-two with Sam Magri.

Walker then produced a great save to deny Matthews before Miller completed his treble with an almost identical strike to his second.

Parkinson made it five after he blasted home his second of the season from close range five minutes from half-time.

The rout did not ease up after the break with Miller firing home a free-kick for Dover’s sixth three minutes after the restart.

But, despite the scoreline, it wasn’t all Dover and Walker made decent saves to deny Michael Cheek, substitute Jack Midson and Simeon Akinola.

Dover had only beaten the Essex side once in the previous past four meetings between the sides before Saturday and only scored a single goal in the process.

They changed that disappointing record in stunning fashion – red-hot Miller saw to that.


Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender 18', 26'
15Jamie Grimes Defender
23Jack Parkinson Defender 40'
16Tyrone Sterling 5 Defender
5Ayo Obileye 16 Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender 18'
8Jim Stevenson Midfielder 22'
21Sammy Moore Midfielder 33'
7Ricky Modeste 19 Midfielder
19Ira Jackson Jnr 7 Forward
9Ricky Miller 11 Forward 22', 26', 33', 48'
11Mitchell Pinnock 9 Forward
25Ross Lafayette Forward 40'
18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
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Braintree Town

31Joe Taylor Goalkeeper
2Barney Williams 6 Defender
6Jon Ashton 2 Defender 61'
24George Elokobi Defender
5Ian Gayle Defender
3Jerome Okimo Defender
8Chez Isaac Midfielder
15Sam Matthews 12 Midfielder 12'
12Joe Maybanks 15 Midfielder
14Oliver Muldoon Midfielder
4Harry Lee 7 Midfielder
7Jack Midson 4 Forward
23Michael Cheek Forward 12'
10Simeon Akinola Forward
20Sam Corne Midfielder
9Lee Barnard Forward
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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Neil HareChristopher Wicks
Jonathan Creswick
Nick Dunn


Crabble Athletic Ground
40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK

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