Dover Athletic v Stockport County

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers
26th October 2019 3:00 pm National League 2019-2020 1,154 Paul Rooney Mulhern (30)

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Frank Mulhern’s spectacular first-half goal saw Dover lose for the fifth time at Crabble this season.

The Hatter’s forward volleyed in from 35-yards in wet and windy conditions to leave Andy Hessenthaler’s men without a win in four league matches.

Ash Palmer tried to put the visitors ahead early on with a diving header, however the defender slipped as he made contact with the ball with home stopper Yusuf Mersin saving easily.

Another defender then had an effort for County.  Sam Minihan was teed up by Mulhern, only for Mersin to dive onto the ball.

Kevin Lokko then volleyed Jack Munns’ corrner goalwards, only to see his shot bounce inches past the wrong side of the post.

Dover’s skipper was unable to try and add to his goal tally for the afternoon, hobbling off following a challenge and replaced by Anthony Jeffrey.

Tom Walker then unleashed a spectacular 30-yard dipping volley that the visiting support thought had flown in, however the cheers soon evaporated when it was known the attempt had been off-target.

But Stockport and Mulhern had better luck with an effort from an even further distance than the last.

The Hatters’ forward went for goal from 40-yards and the ball flew over Mersin and bounced into the roof of the net.

Athletic’s stopper was called into action again five minutes before the break, stopper Tom Walker’s shot with his legs after the midfielder had been played in by Mulhern.

Walkers namesake Sam then sent a volley the wrong side of the post and following the restart, Inih Effiong headed sub Jeffrey’s swirling cross at Hinchcliffe.

County’s keeper then pushed away Bobby-Joe Taylor’s swirling free-kick and at the other end, Mersin grabbed onto Festus Arthur’s header from a corner.

Jai Reason sent an effort whizzing past the top left-hand corner of Hinchcliffe’s goal.

Things went from bad to worse for Whites’ when Will De Havilland went off injured nine minutes from time.

And Dover’s misery was nearly compounded two minutes from time when Arthur headed towards goal, only for Taylor to kick the ball off the line.

Mersin made a late double save to deny both subs Nyal Bell and Elliott Osborne, however Athletic were unable to muster a late equaliser.

Hessenthaler had made two changes to the side that started at Weymouth last week in the FA Cup, with Kurtis Cumberbatch and Jack Munns replacing the injured duo Joe Bedford and Nassim L’Ghoul.

Whites next host Eastleigh on Tuesday 29th October, kick off 7:45 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

STOCKPORT COUNTY REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

 

Dover Athletic

1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
3Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder
5Kevin Lokko 21 Defender, (c)
6Will De Havilland Defender
16Paul Rooney Defender
11Jack Munns 23 Midfielder
7Jai Reason Midfielder
15Kurtis Cumberbatch Midfielder 66'
12Ricky Modeste 19 Midfielder
9Inih Effiong Forward
13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
19Steven Rigg 12 Forward 45 Modeste'
21Anthony Jeffrey 5 Forward 15 Lokko'
71'
23Roberto Ratti 11 Forward 59 Munns'
26Aaron Simpson Defender
  3 2

First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Stockport County

1Ben Hinchcliffe Goalkeeper
2Sam Minihan Defender
18Festus Arthur Defender
22Tyler Garratt Midfielder
4Paul Turnbull 6 Midfielder, (c)
7Adam Thomas Midfielder 30'
8Sam Walker Midfielder
26Tom Walker Midfielder 22'
9Frank Mulhern 16 Forward 30'
27Devante Rodney 10 Forward
6Jordan Keane 4 Defender 84 Turnbull'
10Elliot Osborne 27 Midfielder 64 Rodney'
13Ian Ormson Goalkeeper
16Nyal Bell 9 Forward 78 Mulhern'
25Adam Hammill Midfielder
  3 2 1

First Team Manager: Jim Gannon

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Matthew RussellDamith Bandara
Scott Williams
Simon Finnigan

Ground

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

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