Dover Athletic v Guiseley

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
27th January 2018 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 2,327 Mitch Pinnock Brundle (5), Pinnock (88) Southwell (63)

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MITCH Pinnock struck late to hand Whites a valuable three points against a determined Guiseley side at a wet and windy Crabble on Saturday.

The midfielder collected Femi Ilesamni’s pass and after cutting inside Jack Sheppard, fired through the body of visiting keeper Luke Coddington as Chris Kinnear’s side registered back-to-back league victories for the first time since September.

Captain Mitch Brundle had given his side an early lead with a scorching 30-yard effort, but Dayle Southwell levelled midway through the second half in equally stunning fashion from a free-kick.

Dover almost made the ideal start as Pinnock crashed an effort onto the bar with the match barely five minutes old.

But Brundle was able to better his teammates’ effort, driving a 30-yard scorcher into the top corner after Anthony Jeffrey played the ball into the skipper’s path.

Ryan Bird thought he had doubled the lead after burying Brundle’s cross, but the linesman’s flag denied the forward his thirteenth National League goal of the campaign.

And Athletic’s top scorer went close again moments later, this time heading Jeffrey’s cross narrowly wide.

Whites were almost made to pay for their missed chances as new Lions recruit Harry Flowers nodded over Callum McFadzean’s corner.

The former Burnley defender then blazed wide of a static Mitch Walker moments after his previous chance.

Giancarlo Gallifuoco nodded off target from Pinnock’s corner as the home side searched for a second goal and Walker was called into action twice in succession at the other end, firstly tipping away McFadzean’s low drive and then producing a similar save to deny James Roberts.

Brundle almost had his first brace of the season, flashing Bird’s pass just past the post after the restart.

Walker punched away Roberts’ ferocious drive as the visitors sought to end a run of three defeats on the spin away from home.

And it looked like one of Guiseley’s recent new signings had rescued a precious point for Paul Cox’s strugglers shortly after an hour.

Dayle Southwell, signed from Wycombe earlier in the week, curled a sumptuous 20-yard free-kick past an onlooking Walker.

Cheers from the 2327 strong crowd, in attendance for the club’s third Community Day of the season, were short-lived after the linesman ruled out Pinnock’s curling shot after Bird had allegedly strayed offside.

And midfielder Pinnock almost made the controversial decision irrelevant as he blasted a set-piece past the wrong side of Northampton loanee Coddington’s post.

But the midfielder finally got his just rewards two minutes from time and Femi Ilesanmi almost wrapped up the points in injury time, but he was unable to find the finish needed following a lung-busting run from his own half.

Earlier, Kinnear kept with the same side that started away at Boreham Wood last weekend.

The win sees Whites move up one place to sixth in the table, five points off current leaders Macclesfield Town.

Dover next host Leyton Orient in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday 3rd February. Kick off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender 88'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 5'
18Nortei Nortey 28 Midfielder
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock 16 Forward 88'
17Ryan Bird Forward
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme 11 Defender Pinnock 90'
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 79'
28Liam Bellamy 18 Midfielder Nortey 78'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Guiseley

1Luke Coddington Goalkeeper
41Jake Sheppard Defender 65'
40Harry Flowers Defender
29Sean St.Ledger Defender
38Adam Crookes Defender
28Simon Lenighan Midfielder
36Alex Rae-Harvey Midfielder, (c)
39James Roberts 35 Midfielder
15Callum McFadzean Midfielder
12Dayle Southwell Forward 63'
19Kayode Odejayi 30 Forward
5Ashley Palmer Defender
17Alex Purver Midfielder
30Mike Fondop 19 Forward Odejayi 60'
31Andy Haworth Midfielder
35Rowan Liburd 39 Forward Roberts 88'
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First Team Manager: Paul Cox

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Sam PurkissDave Bushell
Dele Sotimirin
Ollie Butcher

Ground

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