Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
25th August 2018 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 844 Josh Passley Brundle (64) Williamson (19), McCallum (37)

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WHITES suffered back-to-back defeats after losing by a single goal to Eastleigh.

First-half goals from Ben Williamson and Paul McCallum had the visitors ahead at the break and though Mitch Brundle’s sublime second-half volley put Whites’ back in the game, Chris Kinnear’s men were unable to avoid their fourth loss of the current campaign.

Earlier, Williamson was first on target, forcing home stopper Mitch Walker down low with his snapshot.

But the striker was not to be denied on 18 minutes.  Riley escaped down the right and passed for the onrushing Williamson to slam the ball into the roof of Walker’s net to open the scoring for the visitors.

Eastleigh forward Williamson continued to cause problems and had Walker at full stretch to tip his curling strike from the edge of the box around the post.

With just over half hour gone, Inih Effiong burst through and smashed a shot into the side netting.

But it was Eastleigh who doubled their lead on 37 minutes via another one of their strikers.

Josh Hare crossed from the right for McCallum to rise home and head past a helpless Walker.

Mark Yeates was off target after spotting Walker off his line and following the restart, Graham Stack saved well from Josh Passley and Allen touched the ball onto the post from Brundle’s corner.

And the hosts continued to pepper the Spitfires goal with Kevin Lokko blasting Jack Connors’ pinpoint cross just wide.

Allen could then only head Passley’s cross straight at Stack.

But the fightback was started by Mitch Brundle on 64 minutes.

Dover’s captain collected a loose ball from 25-yards and volleyed beautifully into the top corner.

Connors must have thought he had levelled five minutes from time for Dover, only for Joey Jones to clear his goalbound shot.

James Constable sprinted clear at the end to seal the win for Andy Hessenthaler’s men, only to skew wide when one on one with Walker.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made one change to the team that started at Fylde last weekend, with recent signing Aryan Tajbakhsh replacing the injured Bedsente Gomis.

Whites next travel to Leyton Orient on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
19Tim Schmoll Defender
6Connor Essam 4 Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender
3Jack Connors Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 64'
26Aryan Tajbakhsh Midfielder
18Nortei Nortey 11 Midfielder
10Jamie Allen Forward
12Inih Effiong 7 Forward
4Moussa Diarra 6 Defender Essam 89'
7Anthony Jeffrey 12 Forward Effiong 46'
11Kadell Daniel 18 Forward Nortey 62'
14Loui Fazakerley Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
  3 1

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Eastleigh FC

1Graham Stack Goalkeeper, (c)
2Josh Hare Defender 37'
5Reda Johnson Defender
15Alex Wynter Defender
3Mike Green Defender 72'
22Joey Jones Midfielder 89'
17Cav Miley Midfielder
4Oscar Gobern Midfielder
10Mark Yeates 19 Midfielder 19'
18Ben Williamson 8 Forward 19'
9Paul McCallum Forward 37'
78'
8James Constable 18 Forward Williamson 58'
12Callum Baughan Defender
13Ross Flitney Goalkeeper
16Oliver Dennet Forward
19Danny Hollands 10 Midfielder Yeates 85'
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Will FinnieAbigail Marriott
Ashley List
Jack Fagg

Ground

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