Concord Rangers v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers
20th October 2018 3:00 pm The FA Cup 2018-2019 446 Connor Essam Effiong (87)

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A STUNNING free-kick from Inih Effiong sent Athletic through to the FA Cup first round proper, though Andy Hessenthaler’s men left it late to seal their place in Monday night’s draw.

The big striker curled home from 25-yards, his third goal in two games, in an evenly matched contest at the Aspect Arena on Saturday afternoon.

And hosts Concord were inches away from forcing a replay in dramatic fashion when Tyrone Sterling headed against the crossbar deep into injury time.

But Whites valiantly held on to seal their first competitive away win on the road since April this year.

The first opportunity of the game fell the way of the home team, but Alex Wall was unable to direct his header from a free-kick anywhere other than at visiting keeper Mitch Walker.

And Effiong almost carried on where he left off last weekend at the other end, swivelling and blasting at the legs of Sam Beasant in the Concord goal.

From the resultant corner, Mitch Brundle curled goalwards from 25-yards, only for Beasant to pluck the ball from underneath the crossbar.

And Dover’s next chance fell the way of Nortei Nortey.

The midfielder sprinted onto Effiong’s flick-on and bore down on goal, but his final shot flew the wrong side of the post.

Effiong placed a volley wide after latching onto Brundle’s ball over the top and at the other end, Tosan Popo was twice denied by last-ditch blocks from Josh Debayo and Kevin Lokko.

Claims of a shirt pull on Connor Essam in the home penalty area were also waved away by referee Paul Howard in the closing stages of the first-half.

Following the restart, Lokko’s close-range header was well held by Beasant and Danny Green’s wicked free-kick flashed by every Rangers in the penalty area.

And Lokko was inches away from giving Whites the lead.

The defender flicked Brundle’s cross towards goal, only to look up and see the ball bounce agonisingly wide.

A swift counter-attack involving Jamie Allen and Effiong ended with Brundle smashing an effort right down the throat of Beasant.

And Whites were almost out of the FA Cup altogether when Jack Midson nodded a corner off target.

But instead, Whites secured their space in Monday night’s draw thanks to Effiong’s late winner.

Earlier, Boss Hessenthaler made one change to the side that started at Harrogate last weekend with Nortey replacing the suspended Anthony Jeffrey.

Whites next travel to Essex for their National League fixture at Braintree Town on Saturday 27th October, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

CONCORD RANGERS REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Concord Rangers

1Sam Beasant Goalkeeper
2Tosan Popo Defender
4Michael Clark Defender
6Tyrone Sterling Defender
3Frazer Shaw Defender
5Lee Minshull Midfielder, (c)
7Danny Green Midfielder
8Sam Blackman 14 Midfielder
11Adam Topley 12 Midfielder
9Alex Wall Forward
10Jack Midson Forward
12Sammy Knott 11 Defender Topley 83'
14Aron Pollock 8 Defender Blackman 88'
15Kiah Froud Midfielder
16Cameron Harris Midfielder
17Charlie Sullivan Midfielder
18Jed Smith Defender
21Josh Glover Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Sammy Moore

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender
28Joshua Debayo Defender
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
23Bedsente Gomis 11 Midfielder
18Nortei Nortey 9 Midfielder
10Jamie Allen 16 Forward
12Inih Effiong Forward 87'
9Tobi Sho-Silva 18 Forward Nortey 78'
11Kadell Daniel 23 Forward Gomis 61'
15Emmanuel Adebowale  Defender
16Ejiro Okosieme 10 Defender Allen 89'
17Ntumba Massanka Forward
19Tim Schmoll Defender
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Paul HowardScott Williams
Thomas Holden
Ian Stewart

Ground

The Aspect Arena
38 Thames Rd, Canvey Island SS8 0HH, UK

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