A late goal from Tim Schmoll saw ten-man Whites came back from two goals down to draw at Sutton United.
Schmoll headed in off the crossbar three minutes from time after home keeper Jamie Butler had parried sub Kadell Daniel’s volley.
Sutton had raced into a two-goal lead within 20 minutes, though Mitch Brundle pulled one back before the break from the penalty spot.
Aryan Tajbakhsh was shown a red card with ten minutes remaining, but Chris Kinnear’s men fought back to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
It was the worst possible for the visitors on two minutes.
Tommy Wright broke clear and though keeper Mitch Walker was able to parry his strike, the rebound fell for Craig Eastmond to gleefully tap in.
And the lead was doubled as the hosts deservedly went two goals up on 17 minutes.
A corner from the right was met firmly by the head of Nicky Bailey who planted the ball powerfully into the corner.
Josh Passley headed over George Smith’s well-placed header and at the other end Bailey’s swirling set piece bounced narrowly wide.
However Dover were handed a lifeline ten minutes before half-time.
Mitch Brundle’s shot was handled by Eastmond in the area, leaving Dover’s skipper to send Sutton keeper Jamie Butler the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Inih Effiong fired wide on the turn and George Smith volleyed straight down the throat of Butler.
Following the restart, Walker was across his line quickly to turn away Bailey’s free-kick.
And Walker was needed once moreto thrawt the same player, this time acrobatically saving the midfielder’s pile-driver
Sub Tobi Sho-Silva then went even closer to scoring.
The striker’s overhead kick crashed onto the bar with Butler rooted to the spot.
Charlie Clough volleyed wide for United and Dover’s task was made more difficult when Aryan Tajbakhsh was shown a straight red card.
The midfielder was given his marching orders following a strong challenge on Bailey.
But the ten men of Dover were able to find a late equaliser.
Sub Kadell Daniel’s volley was parried upwards by Butler, but the lurking Schmoll was there to head in off the bar to send the travelling fans wild.
Earlier, Chris Kinnear made three changes to the side that lost at Aldershot on Saturday. Dave Smith, Inih Effiong and Ejiro Okosieme replaced Jamie Allen, Tobi Sho-Silva and Bradley Barry.
Whites next host Barrow on Saturday 29th September, kick off 3pm.
DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION
|Date||Time||League||Season||Full Time||Attendance||Man of the Match|
|25th September 2018||7:45 pm||National League||2018-2019||90'||1,694||Moussa Diarra|
|The Knights Community Stadium|
|94 Gander Green Ln, Sutton SM1 2EY, UK|
|Referee||Referee's Assistants||Fourth Official|
|Alan Dale||Christoper Myatt|