Dover Athletic FC v Chester

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
28th January 2017 3:00 pm National League 2016-2017 1,183 Ricky Miller Miller (26 pen, 49), Healy (58) Alabi (30)

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RICKY Miller scored twice as Dover ended a two-game losing run and moved back into the play-off places after beating Chester FC 3-1 at Crabble.

Joe Healy also scored his first goal for the club as boss Chris Kinnear’s side secured their first win at home since beating Woking by the same margin on November 22.

Dover started the day sixth but finished it fifth after regaining it from Barrow AFC following their defeat against Forest Green Rovers.

The first shot of the day saw Ross Lafayette’s effort easily saved by Chester goalkeeper, Walsall loanee Liam Roberts, in the opening minute.

The Blues leading marksman, James Alabi, had a shot charged down before the frontman fired well over Steve Arnold’s goal.

Alabi was proving a threat and missed a glorious chance to put his side ahead in the 22nd minute, slicing Johnny Hunt’s cross wide from close range.

Dover responded with Lafayette’s run towards Roberts’ goal needing a superb last-ditch tackle by Ryan Lloyd to clear the danger.

There was to be no denying Dover taking the lead from the penalty spot moments later.

Miller was sent tumbling by Matty Waters and the National League’s leading scorer got up and sent Roberts the wrong way to bag his 26th league goal.

But the lead lasted only three minutes courtesy of a sublime curling shot by Alabi.

Ricky Modeste went agonisingly close to restoring Dover’s lead 10 minutes before half-time seeing his cross-cum-shot beat Roberts and go inches past the woodwork.

The sides went into the break even – it didn’t stay that way for long.

Four minutes into the second half, Dover hit the lead again – thanks to Miller’s determination.

Miller brushed aside Blaine Hudson and beat the challenge of Theo Vassell to fire past Roberts.

Jack Parkinson fizzed a 20-yarder just wide before Healy added a third in the 58th minute.

The former Maidstone midfielder, who was making his first National League start for Dover, hit a half-volley that flew past Roberts.

At the other end, Arnold saved Hudson’s close-range header before Vassell shot wide.

But there was to be no comeback as Dover avenged their 5-0 defeat at Chester earlier this season.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made three changes to his starting side from the loss at Lincoln City with Moses Emmanuel, Tyrone Sterling and James Hurst making way for Parkinson, Modeste and Healy.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender
5Connor Essam Defender
6Richard Orlu Defender
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c)
3Aswad Thomas Defender 49'
23Jack Parkinson Defender
26Joe Healy 4 Midfielder 58'
7Ricky Modeste 16 Midfielder 45'
9Ricky Miller 17 Forward 26 pen ', 49'
37'
25Ross Lafayette Forward 58'
4Chris Kinnear Jnr 26 Midfielder Healy 86'
10Tyrone Marsh Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward
16Tyrone Sterling 7 Defender Modeste 89'
17Moses Emmanuel 9 Forward Miller 66'
  3 3 2 2

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Chester

13Liam Roberts Goalkeeper
17Theo Vassell Defender
5Blaine Hudson Defender
6Ryan Astles Defender
16Johnny Hunt 3 Defender 30'
8Tom Shaw Midfielder, (c)
21Ryan Lloyd Midfielder
19Matty Waters 14 Midfielder
10Elliott Durrell Midfielder 63'
15Kane Richards 7 Forward
9James Alabi Forward 30'
1Alex Lynch Goalkeeper
2Ross Killock Defender
3Evan Horwood 16 Midfielder Hunt 75'
79'
7Craig Mahon 15 Midfielder Richards 75'
14Wade Joyce 19 Midfielder Waters 56'
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First Team Manager: Jon McCarthy

Substitutions
3
3
Goals
3
1
Assists
2
1
Yellow Cards
2
2
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Neil HareCallum Walchester
Gary Jerden
Joshua Few

Ground

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