Dover Athletic v Maidenhead United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Man of the Match
3rd November 2018 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 872 Bobby-Joe Taylor

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A GOAL in each half saw Whites win at the 15th attempt in the National League.

Strikes from Kevin Lokko and sub Jai Reason handed Andy Hessenthaler his first league win since returning as manager.

And his side, currently bottom of the table, moved to within six points of safety.

The hosts fashioned the first chances.  Inih Effiong’s clever flick released Josh Passley, only for the right-back to see his fierce drive palmed away by visiting stopper Nick Hamann, with Joshua Debayo firing the rebound wide.

And Hamann kept Dover at bay once more moments later, turning behind Stuart Lewis’ volley from the edge of the area.

Whites then went closer still soon after.

A deep Lewis cross was met by Bobby-Joe Taylor, but Bromley loanee’s celebrations were cut short when seeing his header smack the inside of the post and away from danger.

Ayo Obileye almost made Lewis pay for giving the ball away, but the centre-back could only head Harold Otametey’s cross into Mitch Walker’s arms.

And Dover’s keeper performed heroics to keep the Magpies at bay again.

Ryan Bird’s persistence saw James Akintunde run through for a one-on-one with Walker, but Athletic’s stopper was out quickly to bravely block his effort.

And birthday boy Lokko will have been glad to see his keeper make such a crucial save has the defender opened the scoring on 37 minutes.

The 23-year-old rose highest to thump in Mitch Brundle’s free-kick to join his captain as joint top scorer for Whites in the National League with four goals.

Moussa Diarra almost doubled the home side’s lead minutes before the break with a backward header that Hamann was just able to fingertip around the post.

Adrian Clifton almost restored Parity after the restart, only for Walker to tip over his bullet header from James Comley’s corner.

And Comley tried himself, crashing a shot just past the wrong side of Walker’s post.

Taylor headed over Passley’s centre and with 20 minutes left, and Effiong’s lung-busting run was ended by Hamman’s smart save.

But the lead was doubled thanks to Reason’s first goal for Dover.  A swift counter-attack by Taylor was ended with a delightful 20-yard curling effort from the substitute into the top corner.

Debayo blazed Effiong’s cross wide and sub Josh Kelly jinxed his way past Diarra, only to see his near post effort smack the post.

And Reason almost capped off a fine evening for Dover, heading Passley’s fine cross wide.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday evening with Manny Adebowale handed a National League debut and Moussa Diarra returning from injury to replace Connor Essam and Kadell Daniel.

Whites next take a break from the National League when they travel to Bury for their Emirates FA Cup first round proper match on Saturday 10th November, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
15Emmanuel Adebowale  32 Defender 35'
4Moussa Diarra Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender 37'
28Joshua Debayo 18 Defender
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder 37'
29Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder 74'
45'
10Jamie Allen 30 Forward
12Inih Effiong Forward
11Kadell Daniel Forward
18Nortei Nortey 28 Midfielder Debayo 84'
30Jai Reason 10 Midfielder Allen 67'
74'
31Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
32Ryan Huckle 15 Defender Adebowale 76'
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Maidenhead United

12Nick Hamann Goalkeeper
2Remy Clerima Defender
5Ayo Obileye Defender
24Alan Massey Defender
3Rene Steer Midfielder 17'
8James Comley Midfielder 45'
4Harold Odametey Midfielder 37'
26James Mulley 20 Midfielder
18James Akintunde 10 Forward
17Adrian Clifton Forward
9Ryan Bird 7 Forward
7Herson Alves 9 Midfielder Bird 84'
10Josh Kelly 18 Forward Akintunde 64'
15Chinua Cole Defender
19Ryan Upward Defender
20Nana Owusu 26 Defender Mulley 76'
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First Team Manager: Alan Devonshire

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Samuel AllisonDarren Knox
Tristan Greaves
Jordan Marin

Ground

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