Dover Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
20th February 2018 7:45 pm National League 2017-2018 677 Mitch Pinnock Pinnock (29)

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A STUNNING goal from Mitch Pinnock saw Whites secure a narrow win against Dagenham & Redbridge at a wet and muddy Crabble on Tuesday night.

With his back to goal and surrounded by a couple of Daggers defenders, the midfielder’s audacious 25-yard overhead kick flew over a stunned Mark Cousins and into the back of the Dagenham net as Dover ended a run of two consecutive league defeats.

But it was John Still’s men who started the brighter, with home keeper Mitch Walker forced into action with seconds of the kick-off as he beat away Charlee Adams’ piledriver.

Giancarlo Gallifuoco thought he had given the home side the lead after slotting in Mitch Brundle’s set-piece, however, the Australian’s effort was disallowed for a foul in the build-up.

Brundle then created a chance of his own making, beating the visiting defence for pace, only for Cousins to smother the ball at the captain’s feet.

Pinnock struck the opener and within ten minutes Whites almost doubled their lead.

Femi Ilesanmi powered a shot towards goal, only for Cousins to parry the ball towards Liam Bellamy. However the midfielder, making his first start since rejoining the club in December, could only head the rebound onto the roof of the net.

And Bellamy went closer still after the restart, prodding inches wide from Pinnock’s long throw.

Pinnock then almost scored directly from a corner, only for Luke Howell to head the ball away from underneath his own crossbar.

Walker was then alert to hold onto Fejiri Okenabirhie’s firm shot after the winger stole the ball off Ilesanmi.

At the other end, Ryan Bird flashed an effort past the post after latching onto Pinnock’s backheel on the edge of the penalty box.

The striker then looked to turn provider, flicking the ball on for Connor Essam to volley inches wide of the far post.

And those misses almost proved costly as Dagenham wasted a couple of chances to earn a point late in the game.

Substitute Michael Cheek dragged the ball just off target from an angle and Gallifuoco was well placed to clear Okenbirhie’s goalbound effort off the line.

Ilesanmi almost sealed the win in injury time, but Cousin punched clear his cross-cum-shot.

But Chris Kinnear’s men held on to seal their first win against Dagenham at the fifth time of asking.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made two changes to the side that started away at Solihull on Saturday. Bellamy and Josh Passley replaced Nortei Nortey and Ejiro Okosieme, who were both named as substitutes. Kevin Lokko, signed on loan from Stevenage earlier in the day, was also on the bench.

Athletic next travel to AFC Fylde on Saturday 24th February. Kick off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley 16 Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
28Liam Bellamy Midfielder
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock 18 Forward 29'
17Ryan Bird Forward
16Ejiro Okosieme 2 Defender Passley 85'
18Nortei Nortey 11 Midfielder Pinnock 89'
19James Alabi Forward
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 54'
26Kevin Lokko Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Dagenham & Redbridge

30Mark Cousins Goalkeeper
2Ben Nunn Defender
3Luke Pennell Defender
5Craig Robson Defender, (c)
29Jake Howells Midfielder
14Dan Sparkes 9 Midfielder
6Matt Robinson Midfielder
7Luke Howell Midfielder
8Charlee Adams Midfielder
11Fejiri Okenabirhie Forward
24Mason Bloomfield 23 Forward
9Chike Kandi 14 Forward Sparkes 75'
13Lewis Moore Goalkeeper
15Bondz N’Gala Defender
23Michael Cheek 24 Forward Bloomfield 60'
32Elliot Bonds Midfielder
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First Team Manager: John Still

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Carl BrookDaniel Berry
Oliver Jackson
Joseph Stokes

Ground

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