Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
11th November 2017 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 1,273 James Alabi Alabi (32), Essam (57)

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DOVER maintained their one-point lead at the summit of the National League table with victory against Eastleigh at Crabble on Saturday.

James Alabi and Connor Essam both grabbed their first goals of the season as Chris Kinnear’s men extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches.

Dover started strongly with Nortei Nortey drilling a 20-yard effort into the arms of visiting keeper Ross Flitney.

And the home side appeared refreshed following a two-week break with Alabi and skipper Mitch Brundle narrowly off target with shots from range.

Mitch Walker received a fright when Mark Yeates’ free-kick took a deflection, but the ball landed straight into the arms of the home keeper.

But normal service was resumed on the half-hour mark as Alabi grabbed his first goal in a Dover shirt.

The striker, on-loan from Tranmere, nodded in Mitch Pinnock’s long throw at the second attempt to put the leaders ahead.

Josh Passley then almost notched his first strike for Whites seconds later, but his curling effort fizzed agonisingly wide.

Some neat intricate play ended with captain Brundle volleying Femi Ilesanmi’s cross just wide as Athletic continued to pepper Flitney’s goal with shots.

Ilesanmi was indebted to Walker after Dover’s stopper denied Ben Williamson in the box after the Nigerian defender passed the ball straight to the attacker.

Flitney saved well top scorer Ryan Bird a 10th of the season, getting down quickly to palm the forward’s low drive away for a corner.

And following the restart, the visiting keeper had to be at his best deny Alabi.

The striker collected Pinnock’s throw, turned smartly and fired goalwards, but his strike was well blocked by Flitney.

But there was nothing Flitney could do about Dover’s second on 57 minutes. After Bravely blocking Essam’s header from a Brundle corner, he could only watch the sweeper slam home his first of the campaign from the rebound.

Alabi fired over after a lung-busting run and cross from Nortey and Ilesanmi’s drive from sub Kadell Daniel’s lay-off flashed wide of the mark.

Dover’s claims for a handball in the area against Callum Howe were waved away by the referee after a shot from Nortey appeared to bounce off the Lincoln loanee.

And Walker spectacularly tipped away Howe’s injury-time blast from the edge of the box.

Earlier, Kinnear made one change to the side that drew at Gateshead, with Ilesanmi returning to the starting line-up following suspension, replacing Loui Fazakerley who was a substitute.

Dover next travel to Brisbane Road to face Leyton Orient on Saturday 18th November.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

EASTLEIGH REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender 57'
5Manny Parry Defender 32'
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 57'
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward
17Ryan Bird Forward 78'
19James Alabi 23 Forward 32'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
23Kadell Daniel 19 Forward Alabi 72'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Eastleigh FC

13Ross Flitney Goalkeeper 57'
2Gavin Hoyte Defender 75'
22Andrew Boyce Defender
27Callum Howe Defender, (c)
30Frazer Shaw Defender
19Danny Hollands 26 Midfielder
24Cav Miley Midfielder
10Mark Yeates Midfielder
28Gary McSheffrey 14 Forward
25Ben Williamson Forward
8James Constable 18 Forward
11Chris Zebroski Forward
14Ben Strevens 28 Midfielder McSheffrey 63'
18Craig McAllister 8 Forward Constable 66'
23Harvey Read Defender
26Sam Matthews 19 Midfielder Hollands 63'
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First Team Manager: Richard Hill

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Neil HareMatthew Morrison
Michael Lowe
Ollie Butcher

Ground

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