Dover Athletic v Hartlepool United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Red Cards
9th December 2017 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 1,083 Mitch Pinnock Pinnock (2, 25), Bird (79, 90+3) Deverdics (90) (Hartlepool)

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DOVER ended their four-match winless run in style with an impressive  4-0 win over 10-man Hartlepool in freezing temperatures at Crabble on Saturday.

A brace in each half from Mitch Pinnock and Ryan Bird saw Whites complete the double over their visitors, who had former Athletic midfielder Nicky Deverdics sent off late on for an alleged elbow on Connor Essam.

The hosts made the ideal start, Pinnock latched onto Nortei Nortey’s lay-off and fired into the bottom corner to double his league tally for the season.

Ryan Bird stabbed Pinnock’s pass wide and visiting keeper Scott Loach dived low to push away Manny Parry’s downward header from Mitch Brundle’s corner.

Man-of-the-match Pinnock then curled an effort straight down the throat of Loach, but the midfielder did not have to wait long to bag his second goal of the game.

Anthony Jeffrey, making his first start for Whites since signing on-loan from Sutton, took advantage of Louis Laing’s slip and passed across the area for Pinnock to tap in.

A spectator for much of the half, home stopper Mitch Walker blocked Liam Donnelly’s drive before diving onto the loose ball.

Femi Ilesanmi had an effort deflected wide following the restart and Pinnock almost found himself clean through, only for the ball to strike the midfielder on the back of the leg.

Walker gratefully clasped onto the ball after Rhys Oates flick-on bounced goalwards off Jack Munns and Dover’s stopper dived onto sub Tom Adeloye’s low drive soon after.

But Hartlepool were unable to breach Whites’ backline and Bird secured the points late on with his 10th and 11th league goals of the campaign.

The striker headed in sub Kadell Daniel’s cross and completed the rout in injury time, stroking home Pinnock’s free-kick to move joint top of the National League goalscoring charts.

Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear made two changes to the side that started at Bromley last Saturday.  Ejiro Okosieme and Jeffrey came in for Loui Fazakerley and Kadell Daniel, who were on the bench.

The win sees Whites move up one place to fourth in the standings, three points behind new leaders Macclesfield Town.

Dover now take a break from the league as their FA Trophy campaign gets underway, with Eastbourne Borough the visitors to Crabble on Saturday 16th December.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender 61'
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder 2'
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward 25'
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 2', 25'
90+3'
17Ryan Bird Forward 79', 90+3'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
19James Alabi Forward
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 64'
79'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Hartlepool United

1Scott Loach Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender, (c)
29Michael Ledger 3 Defender
23Louis Laing Defender 58'
17Nicky Deverdics Midfielder 90'
14Michael Woods Midfielder
24Connor Newton Midfielder
22Liam Donnelly Defender
11Rhys Oates 30 Midfielder
8Jack Munns Midfielder
9Jake Cassidy Forward
3Blair Adams 29 Defender Ledger 77'
18Lewis Hawkins Midfielder
19Kenton Richardson Defender
21Devante Rodney Forward
30Tomi Adeloye 11 Forward Oates 61'
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First Team Manager: Craig Harrison

Substitutions
1
2
Goals
4
0
Assists
4
0
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
1

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Richard HulmeChris Felton
Tristan Greaves
Conor Farrell

Ground

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