Dover Athletic v Woking

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
24th October 2017 7:45 pm National League 2017-2018 1,017 Ryan Bird Bird (5, 21), Parry (54) Ward (52)

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WHITES soared back into top spot after beating promotion rivals Woking in an entertaining match at Crabble on Tuesday night.

Ryan Bird’s brace and a Manny Parry header two minutes after Joe Ward had reduced the deficit saw Chris Kinnear’s side move into first place on goal difference.

Anthony Limbrick’s men, looking to bounce back from defeat at Bromley three days earlier, fashioned the first chance with Josh Staunton heading Chez Isaac’s early corner narrowly wide.

Nathan Baxter was forced to tip over Mitch Brundle’s dipping volley, but there was nothing the visiting keeper could do about Bird’s fifth-minute opener.

The striker pounced at the back post to slot in his eighth of the season after Mitch Pinnock’s corner eluded all the yellow shirts in the box.

Brundle then tried his luck again from range, but this time the skipper’s lob cleared the crossbar.

On the counter-attack, Inih Effiong outpaced Manny Parry on the wing, but could only blast wide and James Alabi headed over Josh Passley’s cross at the other end.

After tackling Nathan Ralph, Passley surged into the penalty area and passed to Bird, but the goalscorer miskicked when well-placed.

But the forward made no mistake with his next chance on 21 minutes.

Pinnock’s long throw was inadvertently flicked on by Joey Jones into the path of Bird, who fired in his ninth of the campaign to move joint top of the National league scoring chart.

Woking went close before the break, but Jamie Philpott headed Ralph’s cross wide and then fired at Walker with a low drive.

Dover’s stopper also held onto Regan Charles-Cook’s curling shot, but his best efforts were not enough to prevent the away team from pulling a goal back on 52 minutes.

The keeper superbly denied Joe Ward following a clever pass from Effiong, but the ball ricocheted off Femi Ilesanmi and back into the striker’s path to reduce the arrears.

Pinnock unleashed a 30-yard sizzler that flew past the upright and Jordan Wynter was relieved to see his interception bounce over the bar following a dangerous run and cross by Alabi.

But Whites restored their two-goal cushion on 54 minutes as Parry rose highest at the far post to head in Pinnock’s deep corner.

Paul Lewis almost grabbed the hosts fourth of the evening, but Baxter tipped away the midfielder’s inswinging shot.

Jamie Philpot fired wide under pressure from Passley and Isaac blazed over from distance as Whites extended their unbeaten run to seven league matches.

Earlier, Kinnear made one change to the team that started Saturday’s draw with Maidenhead as Giancarlo Gallifuoco replaced Loui Fazakerley, who started as a substitute.

Dover travel next to Gateshead on Saturday 28th October. Kick off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

WOKING REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender 54'
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender 77'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
21Paul Lewis Midfielder 89'
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 5', 54'
63'
17Ryan Bird Forward 5', 21'
19James Alabi 23 Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
23Kadell Daniel 19 Forward Alabi 58'
88'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Woking

1Nathan Baxter Goalkeeper
21Matt Young Defender
5Josh Staunton Defender
15Jordan Wynter Defender
3Nathan Ralph Defender
8Chez Isaac Midfielder
4Joey Jones 17 Midfielder, (c)
11Regan Charles-Cook Midfielder
23Joe Ward Forward 52'
20Jamie Philpot Forward
9Inih Effiong Forward 54'
10Jason Banton Midfielder
14Fabio Saraiva Midfielder
17Declan Appau 4 Midfielder Jones 69'
18Sam Mason Goalkeeper
24Lazar Stojsavljevic Defender
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First Team Manager: Anthony Limbrick

Substitutions
1
1
Goals
3
1
Assists
2
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Alan DaleDamith Bandara
Paul Saunders
Jamie Wells

Ground

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