Dover Athletic v Braintree Town

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Red Cards
2nd March 2019 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 1,503 Lee Worgan Pavey (18), Reason (57), Brundle (72) Gabriel (5) (Braintree)

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GOALKEEPER Lee Worgan starred on his National League debut for Dover to help his side win a crucial three points against 10-man Braintree.

Worgan produced a string of fine saves, including a stunning fingertip save to push Cameron James’ goalbound free-kick onto the crossbar and a penalty save from Korrey Henry.

The visitors started strongly and Worgan was soon in action, blocking Callum Morton’s angled drive after the West Brom loanee had been sent clear by Ifeani Allen a couple of minutes into the game.

Things took a turn for the worse for basement side Town when Ricky Gabriel was given his marching orders after four minutes after an off the ball incident with Alfie Pavey as Dover prepared to take a free-kick.

Dover made the man advantage count 15 minutes later as Pavey scored his first league goal for Whites.

The striker saw his initial header from a Bobby-Joe Taylor corner blocked but slammed home the rebound after visiting stopper Ben Killip pushed Mitch Brundle’s follow-up shot into Pavey’s path.

Worgan dived onto Allen’s low drive and at the other end, Kevin Lokko had a headed goal ruled out for a foul during a corner.

The chances kept coming for Dover as Pavey headed Taylor’s cross straight at Killip and Bedsente Gomis blasted well over from outside the box.

Worgan then produced an exceptional save just after the restart – James’ set piece seemed destined for the top corner, but the former Wales under-21 international somehow tipped the ball onto the crossbar before clutching onto Morton’s follow-up shot.

Lokko then headed another chance wide and Worgan continued to impress when referee Josh Smith pointed to the spot after Henry’s shot cannoned off Scott Doe’s arm in the area.

Henry ignored his teammate Allen’s pleas to hand the spot-kick duties over to designated taker Morton and Worgan left the striker red-faced, diving low to his left and then grabbing the ball at the second attempt.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men duly punished their opponents as Jai Reason marked his return to the side with a goal on 57 minutes, cheekily nodding Brundle’s cross over the onrushing Killip.

Taylor almost grabbed his first goal for Dover but chipped wide of the mark after being put through by Gomis.

Instead, it was Brundle who sealed the win in the 74th minute, heading home Ricky Modeste’s inch-perfect cross after the winger had beaten two Town players out wide after collecting Jamie Allen’s pass from inside in own half.

Killip redeemed himself as full-time drew to a close, diving full-length to turn away Stuart Lewis’ half-volley from Tayor’s cross.

The final whistle confirmed Dover’s first home win of 2019.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that started at Maidenhead last week with Reason, Pavey and Worgan replacing Danny McNamara, Inih Effiong and Mitch Walker.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

31Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
21Ricky Modeste 18 Midfielder 72'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 72'
18', 57'
5Kevin Lokko Defender 46'
26Scott Doe Defender
29Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder
23Bedsente Gomis Midfielder
30Jai Reason Midfielder 57'
10Jamie Allen 7 Forward
14Alfie Pavey 12 Forward 18'
7Anthony Jeffrey 10 Forward Allen 73'
12Inih Effiong 14 Forward Pavey 71'
18Nortei Nortey 21 Midfielder Modeste 81'
20Danny McNamara Defender
28Joshua Debayo Defender
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Braintree Town

21Ben Killip Goalkeeper
4Andrew Eleftheriou 25 Defender
15Karleigh Osborne Defender
16Kodi Lyons-Foster Midfielder
26Ricky Gabriel Defender, (c) 5'
28Cameron James Defender
5Oscar Borg Defender
27Mohamed Sagaf Midfielder
35Iffy Allen 7 Midfielder
24Callum Morton Forward 75'
9Korrey Henry Forward
7Luke Allen 35 Midfielder I.Allen 82'
10Courtney Richards Midfielder
11Sam Kelly Midfielder
25Daniel Matsuzaka 4 Midfielder Eleftheriou 77'
34David Blackmore Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Danny Searle

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Josh SmithJames Vallance
Paul Evans
Ryan Whitaker

Ground

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