Eastleigh FC v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Man of the Match
1st December 2018 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 1,430 Bedsente Gomis

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A LATE goal by Paul McCallum denied Whites a third consecutive National League victory on Saturday.

The Spitfire’s striker headed in Mark Yeates free-kick five minutes from time to level the scores in a match where Athletic had led through a goal in each half from Inih Effiong and Jai Reason.

But It was the worst possible start on Andy Hessenthaler’s first return to the Silverlake Stadium since leaving Eastleigh to become Dover manager as his side fell behind shortly after kick off.

With the game just over a minute old, visiting keeper Mitch Walker pushed away Yeates’ free kick, but Joey Jones passed the ball back into the box for Williamson to fire in from close range.

Cries for a penalty on Jamie Allen were turned away by the referee after Whites’ striker appeared to have his standing foot taken away from him as he shaped the shoot.

But it mattered little as Effiong scores his third goal in as many games on 20 minutes.

The big striker collected Stuart Lewis’ wayward shot and volleyed past home stopper Max Stryjek.

Walker was called into action, denying Williamson as the forward run onto Yeates’ pass.

McCallum headed over and following the restart, Lewis blasted over after the ball fell his way 25-yards from goal.

Ben Williamson’s goalbound shot struck Mitch Brundle in the face, but there was no blocking Reason’s fine finish at the other end as the away team went ahead on 54 minutes.

The former Eastleigh man collected Brundle’s pass following a clever free-kick routine and curled the ball away from Stryjek into the far corner of the net.

Eastleigh tried to respond immediately with Reda Johnson’s looping header forcing Walker to tip the ball over for a corner.

Athletic went for a third with Allen and Brundle both seeing shots on target well blocked by the home defence.

Fine play from Josh Passley out wide found Effiong, now Dover’s outright top scorer with six National League goals this campaign, at the back stick to tap in, but the ball appeared to role under the attacker’s foot.

And that miss was duly punished by McCallum, who rose above the Dover defence to head into the bottom corner, though Lokko saw a late header tipped away in injury time.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made one enforced change to the side that started at Boreham Wood on Tuesday, with Anthony Jeffrey replacing the injured Joshua Debayo.

Whites next host AFC Fylde in the National League on Saturday 8th December, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

EASTLEIGH FC REACTION

Eastleigh FC

1Max Stryjek Goalkeeper
17Cav Miley Midfielder
14Andrew Boyce Defender 55'
5Reda Johnson Defender 61'
3Mike Green Defender
22Joey Jones 15 Midfielder 2'
19Danny Hollands Midfielder
4Oscar Gobern 16 Midfielder
10Mark Yeates Midfielder 86'
18Ben Williamson 8 Forward 2'
9Paul McCallum Forward 86'
8James Constable 18 Forward Williamson 87'
13Ross Flitney Goalkeeper
15Alex Wynter 22 Defender Jones 37'
16Oliver Dennet 4 Forward Gobern 75'
21Tom Bearwish Forward
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First Team Manager: Ben Strevens

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder 54'
29Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder 20'
23Bedsente Gomis Midfielder
30Jai Reason 14 Midfielder 54'
7Anthony Jeffrey Forward
10Jamie Allen Forward
12Inih Effiong Forward 20'
4Moussa Diarra Defender
9Tobi Sho-Silva Forward
14Alfie Pavey 30 Forward Reason 74'
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
31Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Paul HowardJames Vallance
Richard Morris
Louis Marks

Ground

The Silverlake Stadium
Stoneham Ln, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9NW, UK