Dover Athletic v Torquay United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
22nd April 2017 3:00 pm National League 2016-2017 1,432 Aswad Thomas Thomas (71) Williams (43, 68)

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FORMER Forest Green Rovers striker Brett Williams came back to haunt Dover at Crabble on Saturday.

Williams, who scored a goal in both of Rovers’ wins at the venue last season, scored a goal in each half as Torquay moved out of the relegation zone and take Dover’s hopes of making the playoffs out of their hands.

The Devon side led 2-0 before substitute Aswad Thomas reduced the deficit just a couple of minutes after coming on.

But it wasn’t enough to prevent boss Chris Kinnear’s side from losing to the Gulls, who only had two efforts on goal, for the second time this season and by identical results.

The loss keeps Dover sixth on the National League table, four points behind fifth-placed Aldershot Town ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Macclesfield Town at Crabble.

Whites also have a game in hand on the Hampshire side.

Dover started brightly and dominated possession for long stages, but could not make the pressure pay.

Recalled striker Ross Lafayette had the first shot of the game in the third minute with goalkeeper Brendan Moore comfortably saving the effort.

Moore then saved twice in quick succession from Ricky Miller as Whites looked for an early goal.

Ricky Modeste was next to try his luck, forcing Moore to turn away his shot at his near post after the winger had turned Lathaniel Rowe-Turner inside the box.

Torquay’s first clear-cut chance fell to Williams, but his toe-poke threatened the corner flag rather than Mitch Walker’s goal.

Dover responded with Miller turning and shooting just wide following Lafayette’s headed flick-on.

Midfielder James Hurst, playing against one of his former clubs, was next to test Moore with a 25-yarder.

Hurst’s pin-point ball over the top ended with Miller firing high and wide before the striker saw another effort end up safe in the hands of Moore.

It was all one-way traffic at that stage, but Williams was about to change that two minutes from half-time.

The Gulls leading marksman powerfully headed home AFC Bournemouth loanee Jordan Lee’s cross to give his side the lead with their first effort on target to stun the home fans.

Dover needed to react but nothing happened until the 61st minute when Miller fired wide from distance.

Five minutes later, Williams struck again when raced on to Luke Young’s pass to fire past Walker and take his tally to 11 for the season.

Dover were down but not out.

Thomas gave Dover a lifeline after his looping header beat Moore and seconds later, Moore saved from another substitute, Moses Emmanuel, as Dover searched for an equaliser.

Dover had another scare when Young’s free-kick whistled past Walker’s goal as the visitors threatened again.

It was end-to-end now and Moore dropped Sam Magri’s cross before Connor Essam put the rebound over.

Lafayette cleared Gian-Carlo Gallifuoco’s header off the line before Miller scooped over Moore’s bar from close range as Torquay held on to keep their hopes of staying in the league alive.

Earlier, Kinnear made one change to his starting side following the defeat at Aldershot Town with Lafayette replacing Thomas.

Jim Stevenson, recalled from his loan spell at Southport earlier in the week, was named among the substitutes.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender 90+2'
5Connor Essam Defender
6Richard Orlu 17 Defender
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c)
16Tyrone Sterling 3 Defender
27James Hurst Midfielder 47'
26Joe Healy Midfielder 78'
7Ricky Modeste 11 Midfielder 71'
25Ross Lafayette Forward
9Ricky Miller Forward
3Aswad Thomas 16 Defender Sterling 69'
71'
4Chris Kinnear Jnr Midfielder
8Jim Stevenson Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock 7 Forward Modeste 76'
17Moses Emmanuel 6 Forward Orlu 69'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Torquay United

1Brendan Moore Goalkeeper
5Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
17Myles Anderson Defender
15Sean McGinty Defender
3Lathaniel Rowe-Turner Defender
8Luke Young 6 Midfielder 68'
12Aman Verma Defender, (c)
31Jordan Lee Midfielder 43'
18Jamie Reid Forward
14Brett Williams 4 Forward 43', 68'
19Ruairi Keating 9 Forward
4Damon Lathrope 14 Midfielder Williams 83'
6Ben Gerring 8 Defender Young 90+1'
7Sam Chaney Midfielder
9Shaun Harrad 19 Forward Keating 46'
11Dan Sparkes Midfielder
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First Team Manager: Kevin Nicholson

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Thomas BramallBhupinder Gill
Graeme Ions
Peter Cruise

Ground

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

Past Meetings

DateHomeResultsAwayTime
Torquay United v Dover Athletic FC