Jamie Allen’s winner five minutes from time saw Whites continue their National League preparations with a home win against National South Welling United.
The striker latched onto substitute Nortei Nortey’s through ball and slotted coolly into the bottom corner as Chris Kinnear’s men won their first friendly in three attempts.
Athletic fashioned the first chance with Connor Essam curling narrowly wide following a free-kick into the box.
Craig Braham-Barrett stung the palms of home keeper Mitch Walker and at the other end, Inih Effiong curled a sumptious effort just past the post.
Dover skipper Mitch Brundle seized upon Charles Banya’s misplaced pass, but skewed his shot off target.
And Kevin Lokko thought he had given Dover the lead minutes later.
The summer signing from Stevenage sent a looping header into the top corner, only to see the referee disallow his effort for a push.
Brundle’s scorching free-kick sailed narrowly over and Allen’s vicious volley just cleared the crossbar following hesitant Welling defending as Dover pressed for a lead.
Allen burst through, but saw his low strike well saved by visiting stopper Dan Wilks.
Following the restart, Bedsente Gomis fired over when well placed and Nortey shot into the arms of Wilks.
And Essam thought he had put Whites ahead just after the hour mark.
The sweeper rose highest to meet Josh Passley’s cross, but saw his header flash the wrong side of the post.
Gomis fired on target, only for his strike to deflect narrowly wide and Allen’s shot from close range was well blocked by the substitute trialist keeper.
But it was third time lucky for Allen as he converted Nortey’s pass, before Kadell Daniel missed a golden opportunity to double Dover’s lead.
The substitute dived to meet Allen’s pinpoint cross, but somehow headed the ball off target.
Athletic next travel to Woking on Saturday 28th July. Kick off 3pm.
Dover: Walker, Passley, Lokko, Essam, Schmoll, Trialist, Brundle (c), Gomis, Jeffrey (Nortey 17), Allen, Effiong (Daniel 80).
Welling: Wilks (Trialist 78), Banya, Braham-Barrett (Trialist 55), Acheampong, Orlu (Trialist 63), Audel (Trialist 55), Jebb (Trialist 60), Mendy (Trialist 63), Mills (Trialist 87), Goldberg (Trialist 72), Kissock (Trialist 52).
DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION
|Date||Time||League||Season||Full Time||Man of the Match|
|24th July 2018||7:45 pm||Pre-Season Friendly||2018-2019||90'||Nortei Nortey|
|Crabble Athletic Ground|
|40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK|