Salford City v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
16th February 2019 3:00 pm National League 2018-2019 2,498 Danny McNamara Politic (9) McNamara (25), Doe (59), Reason (81)

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WHITES stunned promotion-chasing Salford with a stylish 3-1 win at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind to an early Dennis Politic wonder strike, Dover rallied and were ahead thanks to a goal in each half from Danny McNamara and Scott Doe.

Jai Reason’s fine late finish sealed the win to end Athletic’s four-match winless National League run.

Earlier, It was nearly a nightmare start for Andy Hessenthaler’s men as Danny Whitehead sent a deflected goal-bound shot towards the bottom corner, however, Bedsente Gomis, back in the side following a three-game suspension, was on hand to stop the ball finding the back of the net.

However, the Frenchman was powerless to stop the hosts’ spectacular opener on nine minutes.

A clearance from Mitch Walker was poked towards Politic by Tom Walker’s challenge and Bolton loanee Politic, sent the ball goalwards from just within the opposition half and despite the Dover stopper’s best attempts to backpedal, the ball landed in the back of the net – A strike the onlooking David Beckham, in attendance after recently acquiring shares in City, would have been proud of.

The home side continued to apply the early pressure and nearly doubled their lead through Carl Piergianni, but Doe was on hand to hack the defender’s scuffed effort off the line following a corner.

Those goalline clearances proved pivotal as Andy Hessenthaler’s side levelled on 25 minutes thanks to Danny McNamara’s first goal for the club.

The Millwall loanee found the bottom corner with an assured finish after home goalie Chris Neal had parried Inih Effiong’s shot towards the young right-back.

Effiong himself went close, sending a 25-yard free kick whistling just wide of Neal’s far post.

Salford almost netted another stunner shortly after the restart as Tom Walker’s dipping volley flew inches off target.

And the Ammies were punished by Doe just a minute before the hour mark.

The centre-back powered Bobby-Joe Taylor’s pinpoint cross into the top corner as he also opened his account for Dover.

Neal blocked Gomis’ long-range effort, but could only watch as Reason scored from outside the area for the second week running.

Midfielder Reason collected substitute Anthony Jeffrey’s pass and curled the ball into Neal’s far corner from 25-yards, his fourth goal of the campaign.

Jeffrey then fired wide after sprinting clear of the Salford defence and at the other end, Dover were given a late fright when Walker crashed a header against the crossbar for the home team.

But Whites held on to move out of the relegation zone, two points clear and one place above 21st placed Havant & Waterlooville.

Boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that lost at home to Harrogate Town last weekend.  Ricky Modeste and Bedsente Gomis replaced Mitch Brundle and Josh Debayo.

Whites next travel to Maidenhead United on Saturday 23rd February for their next National League fixture, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

SALFORD CITY REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Salford City

1Chris Neal Goalkeeper
2Scott Wiseman Defender
6Carl Piergianni Defender 37'
23Nathan Pond Defender, (c)
3Ibou Touray Defender
24Amine Linganzi 8 Midfielder
18Danny Whitehead Midfielder 9'
19'
11Tom Walker Midfielder 90'
22Dennis Politic 20 Midfielder 9'
30Rory Gaffney Forward
7Matt Green 10 Forward
5Liam Hogan Defender
8Lois Maynard 24 Midfielder Lingazi 46'
10Danny Lloyd 7 Midfielder Green 65'
12Max Crocombe Goalkeeper
20Emmanuel Dieseruvwe 22 Forward Politic 78'
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First Team Manager: Graham Alexander

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
20Danny McNamara Defender 25'
74'
26Scott Doe Defender 59'
5Kevin Lokko Defender
29Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder 59'
77'
21Ricky Modeste 7 Midfielder
23Bedsente Gomis Midfielder
27Stuart Lewis Midfielder, (c)
30Jai Reason Midfielder 81'
82'
10Jamie Allen 18 Forward 86'
12Inih Effiong 14 Forward 25'
4Moussa Diarra Defender
7Anthony Jeffrey 21 Forward Modeste 65'
14Alfie Pavey 12 Forward Effiong 79'
18Nortei Nortey 10 Midfielder Allen 89'
31Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Substitutions
3
3
Goals
1
3
Assists
1
2
Yellow Cards
3
4
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Declan BourneAndrew Dallison
Jonathan Maskrey
Jon Kenny

Ground

The Peninsula Stadium
192 Moor Ln, Salford M7 3PZ, UK