Dover Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
6th August 2019 7:45 pm National League 2019-2020 1,520 Alfie Pavey Pavey (37) Balanta (26), Brundle (54 pen)

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A second-half penalty from Mitch Brundle saw Whites lose their opening home game of the National League season.

The midfielder blasted home from 12 yards after Scott Doe had fouled Angelo Balanta in the box.

Alfie Pavey had levelled with his third goal of the campaign to cancel out Balanta’s earlier opener.

But despite heavy late pressure on the Dagenham goal, Dover lost their opening home fixture for a fourth consecutive season.

Earlier, Visiting stopper Elliot Justham clutched onto Bobby-Joe Taylor’s free-kick and Andy Hessenthaler’s side were given a real fright on the quarter-hour mark.

Matt Robinson’s swirling cross made it’s way to Juan Luque lurking at the back post, but the Spaniard somehow struck the inside of the post from two yards with Angelo Balanta’s follow-up deflected wide.

Bagasan Graham bravely blocked Inih Effiong’s goalbound shot and the hosts were punished shortly before the half-hour point.

On the counter, Luque escaped down the left and passed for Balanta to stab in The Daggers’ first goal of the season.

Spaniard Luque almost grabbed a second from a tight angle, but Scott Doe was back to clear his effort off the line.

That clearance proved crucial as Whites’ equalised shortly before the break through their in-form striker.

Alfie Pavey, who scored a brace at the weekend, rose highest to power in Josh Passley’s cross – a carbon copy of Whites leveller at Chesterfield on Saturday.

Effiong curled a free-kick just wide from the edge of the box and Pavey almost scored again, heading Taylor’s pinpoint cross narrowly over.

Following the restart, Oscar Gobern set Effiong clear, but Dover’s top scorer fired against the legs of Justham,

A former Dover player came back to haunt his side just moments later.

After Doe had fouled Balanta in the area, Athletic’s skipper last season fired home from 12 yards to give the visitors the lead for a second time.

Justham then parried Reason’s low shot and Pavey went close again with his head once again, this time nodding wide of the mark.

Dover continued to attack and Taylor fired just wide after cutting onto his right foot.

The pressure was on the away side and Pavey nearly connected to Passley’s driven cross.

Fervent home support had their arms aloft when Steven Rigg rose highest to meet Taylor’s set-piece, but the substitute forward was unable to hit the target.

Brundle almost made the game safe in injury time, beating Lee Worgan to the ball as the keeper slipped, but the goalie made amends by turning the midfielder’s shot around the post.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started the 2-1 win at Chesterfield on Saturday, with Pavey and Reason coming in for Rigg and Ricky Modeste, who started as substitutes.

Whites next host Wrexham on Saturday 10th August, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender 37'
4Scott Doe Defender 54'
5Kevin Lokko Defender, (c)
3Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder
8Michael Woods Midfielder
18Oscar Gobern Midfielder
11Jack Munns 10 Midfielder
7Jai Reason 12 Midfielder
9Inih Effiong 19 Forward
14Alfie Pavey Forward 37'
1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
6Will De Havilland Defender
10Nassim L’Ghoul 11 Midfielder Munns 56'
12Ricky Modeste 7 Midfielder Reason 56'
19Steven Rigg 9 Forward Effiong 62 '
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Dagenham & Redbridge

1Elliot Justham Goalkeeper
22Andrew Eleftheriou Defender 32'
5Luke Croll Defender
6Kenny Clark Defender, (c)
11Bagasan Graham Midfielder
12Matt Robinson Midfielder 68'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder 54 pen'
20James Dobson 16 Midfielder
10Angelo Balanta 14 Forward 26'
54'
15Joe Quigley Forward
19Joan Luque 2 Forward 26'
2Will Wright 19 Midfielder Luque 72'
7Alex McQueen Midfielder
14Reece Grant 10 Forward Balanta 72'
16Harry Phipps 20 Midfielder Dobson 89'
17Will Wood Defender
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First Team Manager: Peter Taylor

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Scott JacksonAshley List
Michael Begley
Peter Cruise

Ground

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