Dover Athletic v Wrexham

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers
4th August 2018 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 1359 Tim Schmoll Fondop (29)

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WHITES were unable to make a winning start to their National League campaign after Mike Fondop’s spectacular first-half strike.

The striker, with his back to goal, converted Luke Summerfield’s cross to hand visitors Wrexham a first-ever win against Chris Kinnear’s men at the ninth attempt.

And Whites will feel they should have equalised, but away keeper Rob Lainton saved Inih Effiong’s spot-kick after the burly striker was fouled in the area just before the break.

Earlier, Paul Rutherford was the first to try his luck, firing wide from the edge of the box.

And Jamie Allen went even closer moments later, striking the top of the crossbar from 20-yards with a dipping effort.

Fondop’s rampaging run ending with a disappointing shot wide and great work from Summerfield ended with Luke Young scuffing an effort off target.

But it was Fondop who carried on his pre-season form with the first goal of the afternoon, though Dover almost bounced back with Bedsente Gomis and Kevin Lokko unable to convert their chances.

Whites almost responded immediately after the break, with Allen heading narrowly wide.

Walker then had to be alert to keep out James Jennings’ free-kick from floating straight in and also clasp onto Summerfield’s fiercely struck free-kick.

At the other end, Tim Schmoll headed a long throw-in into the arms of Lainton and Shaun Pearson went close to doubling the lead with two minutes to go, heading a corner goalwards, with Nortei Nortey on hand to clear the ball from danger.

Lainton dropped Jack Connors’ deep cross, but Kevin Lokko was unable to convert the rebound.

And the visiting stopper was at the centre of controversy with three minutes remaining.

After colliding with his own defender, Lainton spilt a high ball, which  Allen gleefully slotting in, but the striker was adjudged to have fouled Pearson in the build up.

Earlier, Kinnear kept with the same side that played Woking in their final pre-season friendly last week.

Whites next travel to Bromley on Tuesday 7th August, kick-off 7:45 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

WREXHAM REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
19Tim Schmoll Defender 56'
6Connor Essam Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender
3Jack Connors Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
23Bedsente Gomis 11 Midfielder 63'
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
10Jamie Allen Forward
12Inih Effiong 4 Forward
4Moussa Diarra 12 Defender Effiong 90+1'
11Kadell Daniel 23 Forward Gomis 73'
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
24Chris Lewington Goalkeeper
25David Smith Forward
  2 2

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Wrexham

18Rob Lainton Goalkeeper
2Kevin Roberts Defender
5Shaun Pearson Defender, (c)
4Manny Smith Defender
3James Jennings Defender
8Luke Young Midfielder
7Luke Summerfield Midfielder 29'
20Akil Wright Midfielder
14Paul Rutherford 13 Midfielder
23Stuart Beavon 15 Midfielder
9Mike Fondop 11 Forward 29'
1Christian Dibble Goalkeeper
11Rekeil Pyke 9 Forward Fondop 80'
13Mark Carrington 14 Midfielder Rutherford 82'
15Jordan Maguire-Drew 23 Midfielder Beavon 58'
24Doug Tharme Defender
  3 1 1

First Team Manager: Sam Ricketts

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
David RockMichael Chard
Robin Cox
Joseph Stokes

Ground

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