|Date||Time||League||Season||Dover Star Player||Home Scorers||Away Scorers|
|19th December 2020||8:53 pm||The FA Trophy||2020-2021||Bayli Spencer-Adams||Cooper (70 pen, Spasov 73)||Azeez (46)|
Whites latest FA Trophy adventure ended at the first hurdle following a narrow defeat at a wet Laithwaite stadium on Saturday.
Ade Azeez fired Andy Hessenthaler’s side ahead just after the break, but two quick-fire goals saw Whites knocked out at the First Round proper stage for a second consecutive campaign.
Charlie Cooper’s penalty levelled matters from the penalty spot with twenty minutes and the turnaround was complete three minutes later when Slavi Spasov headed in the winner.
The game was Whites’ first in four weeks following positive COVID-19 tests at the end of November.
Kurtis Cumberbatch sent a free-kick straight at home keeper Craig Ross, with Dave Tarpey stabbing into the side netting from close range at the other end.
Josh Casey’s swirling free-kick almost deceived Yusuf Mersin, bouncing wide of the Turkish stopper’s far post.
Spasov then dragged a volley wide of the mark and Bayli Spencer-Adams was on the line to block Saul Shotton’s goalbound drive.
Ahkeem Rose’s spectacular overhead kick forced Ross into a smart stop and Azeez then fired inches wide from a corner.
Cooper nearly had the home team ahead on the stroke of half-time with his speculative 25-yard volley whizzing inches past it’s intended target.
It was the away side who were in front just after the restart when Azeez crashed in Rose’s pinpoint cross following the Jamaican striker’s fine run.
However, the lead was short-lived as Woking levelled from 12 yards after TJ Bramble was adjudged to have felled Koran Lofthouse in the area.
Cooper sent Mersin the wrong way to level matters and Alan Dowson’s cards were ahead three minutes later with Cooper heavily involved.
The former Forest Green midfielder’s cross found Spasov in space to firmly head home, well out of Mersin’s reach.
Azeez’ late shout for a penalty following a shove in the box fell on deaf ears as Hessenthaler’s men suffered a fourth consecutive match defeat.
Dover next host Chesterfield on Tuesday 22nd December, kick off 7:45 pm.
|The Laithwaite Community Stadium|
|The Laithwaite Community Stadium, Woking GU22 9AA, United Kingdom|