Dover Athletic v Maidstone United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers Red Cards
26th December 2018 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 1,937 Mitch Brundle Brundle (58), Gomis (75), Effiong (80) Robinson (7) Swaine (83) (Maidstone)

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THREE second-half goals saw Whites’ win all three points in the Boxing Day Kent derby – though Andy Hessenthaler’s made the worst possible start.

A poor backpass on seven minutes let in Jake Robinson to hand Stones the lead, but Whites rallied with goals from Mitch Brundle, Bedsente Gomis and Inih Effiong in front of Athletic’s biggest crowd of the season.

Earlier, Effiong fired goalwards from Anthony Jeffrey’s cross, but the striker saw his effort blocked by the away defence.

It was the Stones who took the lead in bizarre fashion.

An under-hit back pass from Stuart Lewis was seized upon by  Robinson, who toe-poked the ball past Mitch Walker, injuring himself after colliding with Dover’s stopper.

The visitors then almost doubled their lead through Robinson’s replacement Elliott Romain, who fired a 25-yarder fizzed narrowly past the post.

Ross Worner then denied Whites with a spectacular save.

The keeper, on loan from Sutton United, was at full stretch to tip away Bobby-Joe Taylor’s accurate free-kick.

With half-time looming, Romain flicked a Stones corner wide of the far post and seconds later, Jeffrey sprinted clear of the visiting defence, only to blast his shot wide of the mark.

Seconds before the break another defensive lapse by Dover almost handed the away side a second of the afternoon.

Romain picked the ball off Kevin Lokko in the area but lacked any composure to trouble Walker.

Following the restart, Sean Shields was unable to beat Walker from an angle and a corner at the other end saw Athletic restore parity on 58 minutes.

Captain Brundle headed Taylor’s set-piece across Worner and into the back of the net for his fifth league goal of the campaign.

The game was almost turned on its head when both Jai Reason and sub Alfie Pavey forced Worner into successive blocks.

And the Stones stopper was at it again from another corner, this time stooping low to tip away Effiong’s firm header.

But Worner was powerless to stop Andy Hessenthaler’s going ahead on 75 minutes.

Reason’s lofted ball into the box was met perfectly by Gomis at the far post much to the delight of the 1,600 home fans in attendance.

And Whites’ supporters were cheering once again five minutes later.

With Harry Wheeler’s side pushing forward, Effiong sprinted onto Brundle’s through ball and placed the ball out of Worner’s reach for his eighth of the season.

Dover’s chances of a league win against Maidstone at the third attempt was handed a boost by Rob Swaine’s dismissal on 84 minutes.

The defender was shown a straight red card for a nasty tackle on Lewis by the corner flag.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made one change to the side that started at Barnet on Saturday with Reason replacing Jamie Allen.

Whites next host Leyton Orient in the National League on Saturday 29th December, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 58'
80'
5Kevin Lokko Defender
29Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder 58'
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder
23Bedsente Gomis Midfielder 75'
30Jai Reason Midfielder 75'
21Ricky Modeste 26 Midfielder
7Anthony Jeffrey 14 Forward
12Inih Effiong 10 Forward 80'
10Jamie Allen 12 Forward Effiong 85'
14Alfie Pavey 7 Forward Jeffrey 46'
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
26Scott Doe 21 Defender Modeste 46'
31Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Maidstone United

1Ross Worner Goalkeeper
29Charlie Wassmer Defender
25Rob Swaine Defender 83'
3George McLennan Defender
20Simon Walton Midfielder, (c) 64'
16Dan Wishart 8 Defender 18'
28Aryan Tajbakhsh 10 Midfielder 78'
22Michael Phillips Midfielder
18Sean Shields Midfielder
24Jake Cassidy Forward 14'
19Jake Robinson 9 Forward 7'
5Will De Havilland Defender
8Jack Powell 16 Midfielder Wishart 62'
9Elliott Romain 19 Forward Robinson 17'
10Jack Paxman 28 Midfielder Tajbakhsh 78'
21Oliver Muldoon Midfielder
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First Team Manager: Harry Wheeler

Substitutions
3
3
Goals
3
1
Assists
3
0
Yellow Cards
0
4
Red Cards
0
1

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Josh SmithChristoper Myatt
Dele Sotimirin
Kirsty Dowie

Ground

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