Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
18th November 2017 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 4,548 Nortei Nortey Clay (78) Nortey (23)

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MITCH Walker’s spectacular late save preserved a hard-earned point for Whites at a rain-swept Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Athletic’s keeper blocked Macaulay Bonne’s point-blank header from six yards with his legs as Chris Kinnear’s men extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches.

Nortei Nortey had curled the visitors ahead in the first half, but a deflected effort from Craig Clay 12 minutes from time had the O’s level.

The away side almost made the perfect start for when James Alabi bore down on goal following a mistake by Joe Widdowson, but home keeper Sam Sargeant, a late addition to the starting line-up after Orient’s first choice stopper Charlie Grainger injured himself in the warmup, denied the striker with his feet.

Bonne then nodded Alex Lawless’ corner narrowly over and at the other end, both Alabi and Ryan Bird were close to connecting to Femi Ilesanmi’s dangerous ball across the box.

Mitch Pinnock’s 30-yard free-kick dipped just wide of Sargeant’s goal and Clay blasted just wide in a breathless first quarter of an hour.

Former Premier League star Jobi McAnuff drilled just past the post and Alabi volleyed just over from a tight angle.

But Chris Kinnear’s men were not to be kept out for long and Nortey collected Alabi’s pass and fired past a diving Sargeant much to the delight of the 537 travelling fans.

McAnuff and Swindon loanee James Brophy struck efforts wide for Orient and Mitch Pinnock flicked Josh Passley’s pinpoint cross narrowly over.

Passley was then replaced by Loui Fazakerley five minutes before the break after an unfortunate collision with an advertising board following a 50-50 challenge.

And in first-half stoppage time, Walker dived low to push Brophy’s shot from outside the box to his right.

Dover’s keeper then tipped away Bonne’s header from a corner, but a goalmouth scramble ensued with Zimbabwe international Bonne poking an effort towards goal with Connor Essam clearing off the line.

But Leyton Orient’s pressure finally paid off as Clay run onto Brophy’s pass and found the net from inside the box via a deflection in spite of Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s best efforts to keep the ball out.

And the home team, with caretaker boss Russ Embleton in charge following the dismissal of Steve Davis as manager earlier in the week, almost snatched a late winner as Bonne leapt highest to meet James Dayton’s ball into the box, only to be denied by Walker.

McAnuff fired a free-kick narrowly over in injury time as Dover kept their place at the top of the table, one point clear of Wrexham in second spot.

Earlier, Kinnear kept with the same side that beat Eastleigh last week. Anthony Jeffrey, signed on loan from Sutton, started as a substitute.

Whites next travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday 21st November.  Kick off 7:45 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

LEYTON ORIENT REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Leyton Orient

12Sam Sargeant Goalkeeper
2Jake Caprice Defender
25Dan Happe Defender
6Jamie Sendles-White Defender
3Joe Widdowson Defender
23Craig Clay Midfielder 78'
4Alex Lawless 24 Midfielder
27James Dayton Midfielder 78'
26James Brophy Midfielder
7Jobi McAnuff Midfielder, (c)
9Macauley Bonne Forward
10David Mooney Forward
20Dean Brill Goalkeeper
24Matt Harrold 4 Forward Lawless 65'
29Mark Ellis Defender
31Zain Westbrooke Midfielder
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Caretaker Manager: Ross Embleton

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley 12 Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder 23'
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward
17Ryan Bird 23 Forward
19James Alabi Forward 23'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley 2 Defender Passley 44'
67'
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
23Kadell Daniel 17 Forward Bird 76'
25Anthony Jeffrey Forward
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Joe HullGareth Viccars
Robin Cox
Stuart Cheek

Ground

The Breyer Group Stadium
5 Brisbane Rd, London E10 5NE, UK

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