Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
3rd March 2018 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 1,348 Mitch Pinnock Pinnock (82)

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MITCH Pinnock’s volley eight minutes from time saw Whites beat Leyton Orient at Crabble on Saturday and move up to seventh in the standings.

The midfielder collected Ade Azeez’ pass and fired into the top corner to score for a fourth successive league match.

The game, the only National League fixture this weekend to survive the freezing temperatures across the UK, started slowly with Azeez’s shot wide from Ryan Bird’s pass the only effort of note in the first quarter of an hour.

Josh Koroma had the game’s first shot on target as home keeper Mitch Walker acrobatically saved the winger’s free kick.

And then from the resultant corner, Craig Clay’s goalbound header bounced off Azeez’ shoulder and over the bar, with some Orient players appealing in vain for a handball against Dover’s attacker.

Striker Azeez then nodded Pinnock’s set-piece over as the match picked up the pace.

The Cambridge loanee tried his luck again shortly after, this time driving straight at visiting keeper Dean Brill from an angle.

Macauley Bonne headed Koroma’s free-kick into the hands of Walker and the Zimbabwean international somehow ballooned over as he raced through following a swift Orient counter attack.

Azeez blazed over on the stroke of half time after the away defence unwittingly played him in, with Mitch Brundle quick to vent his frustration at the striker’s decision to go for glory rather than find Dover’s captain at the far post.

Following the restart, Brundle stung the palms of Brill from distance and Orient’s goalie reacted well to turn away Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s backwards header.

Dan Holman almost netted after finding room in the box and fizzing a shot just wide of Walker’s post.

And one of Athletic’s players went even closer moments later.

Brundle’s free-kick struck the visiting wall and fell into Nortei Nortey’s path, with the midfielder drilling a 20-yard effort against the base of the post.

Walker foiled another Koroma free kick, flinging himself low to tip the winger’s curler wide.

But it was the 26-year old’s next two saves that proved pivotal to Whites win.

With Holman bearing down on goal, Athletic’s keeper came out quickly to block the striker. Lemar Reynolds then fired the rebound against the post, with Walker spreading himself to deny the lying-in-wait Ebou Adams.

And once Pinnock struck, Orient were only able to muster one more attempt at goal.

But defender Josh Coulson skewed Bonne’s pass horribly wide deep in injury time as Chris Kinnear’s men held on to register a second successive home league win.

Earlier, Dover’s boss made two changes to the side that started away at Fylde last weekend. Kevin Lokko and Nortey replaced Manny Parry and Liam Bellamy, who began as substitutes.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

LEYTON ORIENT REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley 16 Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender 85'
6Connor Essam Defender 41'
26Kevin Lokko Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey 28 Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 82'
17Ryan Bird 5 Forward
30Ade Azeez Forward
5Manny Parry 17 Defender Bird 90'
16Ejiro Okosieme 2 Defender Passley 56'
23Kadell Daniel Forward
25Anthony Jeffrey Forward
28Liam Bellamy 18 Midfielder Nortey 70'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Leyton Orient

20Dean Brill Goalkeeper
2Jake Caprice 24 Defender
18Josh Coulson Defender, (c)
3Joe Widdowson Defender
36Sam Ling 26 Defender
31Ebou Adams Midfielder
23Craig Clay Midfielder
19Josh Koroma Forward
34Lemar Reynolds 21 Forward
29Dan Holman Forward
9Macauley Bonne Forward
1Charlie Grainger Goalkeeper
4Alex Lawless Midfielder
21Marvin Ekpiteta 34 Defender Reynolds 78'
24Matt Harrold 2 Forward Caprice 86'
26James Brophy 36 Midfielder Ling 66'
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First Team Manager: Justin Edinburgh

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Christopher O’DonnellShaun Farrer
Sukhvir Gill
Ricky Adams

Ground

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