GREAT WHITES SINK LIMP IMPS
Grimes and Emmanuel strike for Dover.
An early header from captain Jamie Grimes and Moses Emmanuel’s second half strike condemned the visitors to their second consecutive defeat.
It was also Dover’s third straight win against the Imps.
Whites were forced into one changed from last week’s win at York with Emmanuel coming in for the injured Ricky Modeste.
New loan signing Ayo Obileye was amongst the substitutes.
Lincoln also made one change, with Harry Anderson and Jack Muldoon swapping over after their loss against Barrow last week.
Whites almost scored instantly as Ross Lafayette created a glorious chance from the left for in-form Ricky Miller but he blazed well over from close range.
Midfielder Sammy Moore then struck from 25 yards, but Paul Farman tipped his effort behind for a corner.
From the resulting kick Moore delivered a teasing cross and Jamie Grimes leapt highest to bullet a header into the top corner – his first goal of the season.
Sean Raggett endured a nightmare return to Crabble after leaving Dover for Lincoln in the summer.
A nasty collision with his own goalkeeper 10 minutes into the game left the defender unconscious for a short while and unable to continue.
Whites continued to take the game to Lincoln with Jim Stevenson volleying just over from all of 30 yards after latching onto Emmanuel’s knock down.
The visitors only had one real chance of note in the half and it came at the midway point.
A ball over the top found Nathan Arnold clear on goal, but his poor touch allowed his namesake Steve in goal to come out and smother the ball.
Athletic’s lively front three of Lafayette, Miller and Emmanuel were causing the visitors all manner of problems and if was the latter who doubled Dover’s lead in the 53rd minute.
Emmanuel played a sumptuous one two with Lafayette and produce a sublime finish to beat Farman.
The goal seemed to only wet the former Bromley man’s appetite as he searched for another, firing just wide after a jinking run.
Having opened the scoring, the Moore and Grimes partnership were almost at it again as Dover’s skipper planted a header from Moore’s free-kick just the wrong side of the post.
Macauley Bonne had two great headed chances for the Imps in the last 10 minutes.
Firstly aiming straight at Arnold with only the keeper to beat and then missing the ball when only the slightest of connections to a cross would have resulted in a goal.
Miller’s late mazy run almost resulted in a third for Whites, but he shot straight at Farman, whilst at the other end Steve Arnold brilliantly tipped away Nathan Arnold’s strike after Jack Parkinson’s misplaced pass.
Dover remain eighth in spite of the win, but are now level on points with Lincoln who drop to fifth.
Athletic face an away trip to the Deva Stadium to face Chester next week.
Dover: Arnold 8, Magri 7, Thomas 7, Stevenson 8, Miller 7, Grimes 9, Sterling 7, Emanuel 8(Pinnock 6), Moore 8, Parkinson 7, Lafayette 8.
Lincoln: Farman 7, Wood 6, Habergham 6, Waterfall 6, Muldoon 6(Anderson 6), Rhead 5(Marriott 6), Raggett 6
(Beevers 6), Champion 5, Arnold 6, Bonne 6, Woodyard 7.
Man of the Match: Jamie Grimes – Dover’s captain led by example with a fine performance, scoring the opener and keeping the normally dangerous Matt Rhead well shackled.
|24th September 2016||5:00 am||National League||2016-2017||90'|
|Crabble Athletic Ground|