Harrogate Town v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers
31st August 2019 3:00 pm National League 2019-2020 900 Inih Effiong Effiong (68, 89)

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A second-half brace from Inih Effiong maintained Dover’s perfect record on the road this season.

The striker headed home Michael Woods’ cross and then curled home with a minute remaining to move him two goals clear at the top of Athletic’s goalscoring charts with five goals.

The victory, Dover’s sixth consecutive away win dating back to April, lifts Andy Hessenthaler’s men up to fifth on the National League ladder.

Earlier, the first shot on target came from the home side as Scott Brown volleyed straight at visiting keeper Lee Worgan.

Moments later home stopper James Belshaw dived to keep out Woods’ low drive, with Jack Munns blasting narrowly wide just seconds after.

Worgan was then called into action in spectacular fashion, tipping away Jack Muldoon’s stunning 25-yard volley on the turn.

Josh Passley went for goal for the visitors after cutting onto his left-foot but curled just over.

Jai Reason also went for glory, this time from an angle, only send his first-time volley narrowly above the crossbar.

Whites went close to opening the scoring two minutes into the second-half through Effiong.

Great interplay saw the forward slipped in, but the striker slid the ball onto the outside of the post and into the surrounding advertising boards.

Belshaw then parried L’Ghoul’s hopeful shot from distance with Effiong blasting the rebound into the side netting from the tightest of angles.

Another long-distance effort, this time from Reason, was almost deflected into the goal by Effiong.

Worgan then denied Harrogate what seemed a certain goal on the hour mark.

After Brown had tricked his way past three Dover players in the box, Athletic’s stopper was out of his goal quickly to deny the Gate midfielder.

That save proved crucial as Whites went ahead with their next attack.

Woods fired in a cross for Effiong to direct a header out of Belshaw’s reach and into the top corner to send the Dover travelling support behind the away goal into wild celebrations.

And the big striker curled in his second with a minute remaining to seal the three points in North Yorkshire.

Earlier boss Hessenthaler made three changes to the side that started against Woking on Bank Holiday Monday.

Attackers Effiong and Rigg replaced the injured duo Alfie Pavey and Ricky Modeste, while Reason replaced the suspended Kurtis Cumberbatch.

Whites next host Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday 3rd September.  Kick-off 7:45 pm.

Photo Credit:  Harrogate Town FC

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

HARROGATE TOWN REACTION

Harrogate Town

1James Belshaw Goalkeeper
2Ryan Fallowfield Defender
6Warren Burrell Defender
20Connor Hall Defender
22Will Smith Defender
4Josh Falkingham Goalkeeper, (c)
8Jack Emmett Midfielder
21Scott Brown 11 Midfielder
14Brendan Kiernan Midfielder
9Mark Beck 16 Forward 19'
18Jack Muldoon 10 Forward
3George Smith Defender
10Sam Jones 18 Midfielder Muldoon 74'
11Joe Leesley 21 Midfielder Brown 72'
13Joe Cracknell Goalkeeper
16Jon Stead 9 Forward Beck 74'
  3 1

First Team Manager: Simon Weaver

Dover Athletic

13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
6Will De Havilland Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender, (c)
18Oscar Gobern Midfielder 89'
8Michael Woods Midfielder 68'
11Jack Munns Midfielder
7Jai Reason Midfielder
10Nassim L’Ghoul Midfielder
19Steven Rigg Forward 48'
9Inih Effiong Forward 68', 89'
1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
4Scott Doe Defender
16Paul Rooney Defender
20Marshall Wratten Midfielder
22Bilel Hinchiri Midfielder
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Adrian QuelchAlan Hull
Derric Wade
Neil Howlett

Ground

The CNG Stadium
Football Ground, Harrogate HG2 7SA, UK