Dover Athletic v Wrexham

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers Red Cards
10th August 2019 3:30 pm National League 2019-2020 1,187 Nassim L’Ghoul Modeste (72) Pearson OG (90) Harris (36) Grant (42) (Wrexham)

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An injury-time own goal handed Andy Hessenthaler’s men a first home win of the season against 10-man Wrexham.

Visiting captain Shaun Pearson was the unfortunate match-winner for Dover, heading Aaron Simpson’s cross into his own net.

Dover had levelled thanks to substitute Ricky Modeste’s second-half header after Mark Harris had fired the Welsh side ahead before the break.

Bobby Grant also saw red in the first half for kicking out at home goalie Lee Worgan, in a game that was delayed by 30 minutes due to Wrexham being stuck in traffic.

Visiting keeper Christian Dibble thwarted Dover with the contest just a few minutes old, diving low to turn away Inih Effiong’s powerful header from Jack Munns’ free-kick.

Steven Rigg then nodded another Munns free-kick wide and Kevin Lokko slipped when going for glory from 30-yards, with his attempt sailing harmlessly over.

It was the away side who went ahead with their first shot on target.

Mark Harris raced onto Devonte Redmond’s pass and fired past home stopper Worgan into the bottom corner.

The Red Dragons’ scorer could have had a hat-trick, firstly sprinting onto Luke Summerfield’s through ball, only to be beaten by the alert Worgan.

The attacker then blasted just wide from an acute angle, but it was his fellow forward Grant who was in the thick of the action for the wrong reasons.

Scorer in Wrexham’s first two matches, Grant was given his marching orders three minutes before the break for kicking out at Worgan just as the goalie was kicking the ball up the pitch.

Alfie Pavey almost nodded Whites’ level on the stroke of half-time, however, Dibble was equal to his effort and Pearson bravely blocked from Effiong following up.

Josh Passley’s looping cross nearly caught out Dibble, but Wrexham’s keeper tipped the ball over for a corner.

Pavey then went close to grabbing his fourth headed goal of the campaign but was unable to generate enough power to trouble Dibble.

Wrexham’s stopper was at it again, palming behind Nassim L’Ghoul’s deflected drive.

And the substitute played a pivotal role in Athletic’s equaliser.

L’Ghoul crossed for fellow replacement Modeste to bullet a header past Wrexham’s stopper.

Pearson nearly headed the 10-men back ahead, hitting the back stanchion behind the goal from Summerfield’s corner.

Modeste then slotted wide of the mark from L’Ghoul’s dangerous ball across the area and Effiong was unable to connect to Pavey’s ball across the face of goal.

However, the hosts did grab an injury-time winner when Pearson diverted Simpson’s cross into his own net to lift Dover up to sixth on the National League table, three points behind current leaders FC Halifax Town.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made three changes to the side that started against Dagenham in midweek.  Steven Rigg, Will De Havilland and Aaron Simpson came in for Jai Reason, Scott Doe and Bobby-Joe Taylor.

Whites next travel to Barnet in the National League on Tuesday 13th August, kick-off 7:45 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

WREXHAM REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender 80'
5Kevin Lokko Defender, (c)
6Will De Havilland Defender 90+6'
26Aaron Simpson Defender 90'
8Michael Woods Midfielder 31'
18Oscar Gobern 10 Midfielder
11Jack Munns 15 Midfielder
9Inih Effiong Forward
19Steven Rigg 12 Forward
14Alfie Pavey Forward
1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
7Jai Reason Midfielder
10Nassim L’Ghoul 18 Midfielder Gobern 62'
72'
12Ricky Modeste 19 Midfielder Rigg 62'
72'
15Kurtis Cumberbatch 11 Midfielder Munns 76'
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Wrexham

21Christian Dibble Goalkeeper
13Mark Carrington Midfielder
3James Jennings Defender
5Shaun Pearson Defender, (c) 90'
6Jake Lawlor Midfielder
7Luke Summerfield Midfielder
8Luke Young Midfielder
10Devonte Redmond 14 Midfielder 36'
29Mark Harris 23 Forward 36'
11Bobby Grant Midfielder 43'
30JJ Hooper 12 Forward
12Jason Oswell 30 Forward Hooper 85'
90+6'
14Paul Rutherford 10 Midfielder Redmond 53'
23Michael Chambers 29 Defender Harris 53'
31David Szczepaniak Goalkeeper
35Leighton McIntosh Forward
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First Team Manager: Bryan Hughes

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Paul HowardAndy Bennett
Gary Jerden
Joe McKay

Ground

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