Torquay United v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers
7th October 2017 3:00 pm National League 2017-2018 1,015 Paul Lewis Lewis (5), Bird (63)

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A HEADED goal in each half from Paul Lewis and Ryan Bird saw Dover run out comfortable winners at bottom-of-the-table Torquay at a windy Plainmoor on Saturday.

Cambridge loanee Lewis nodded in Mitch Pinnock’s cross after six minutes to give Chris Kinnear’s men an early lead and Bird powered in Jamie Allen’s assist off both the bar and home goalkeeper Vincent Dorel to double the advantage in the 64th minute as Athletic extended their unbeaten run to five games.

After the visitors had gone in front, Pinnock headed Passley’s cross harmlessly over and was then denied by the woodwork minutes later.

The wideman struck the underside of the crossbar with a fierce volley after latching onto Femi Ilesanmi’s lobbed pass.

Lewis thought he had doubled the lead after flicking in Bird’s shot, but the linesman chalked off his effort for offside and the midfielder was booked for protesting.

Ryan Higgins fired well wide from 20-yards and at the other end Bird nodded Allen’s cross just wide just before the break.

Luke Young drove a free-kick into Mitch Walker’s arms a minute before Bird struck Dover’s second.

The points were almost secured when Giancarlo Gallifuoco struck the post against his old side from sub Kadell Daniel’s corner.

Daniel then tried his luck with an audacious volley that flew into the arms of Gulls stopper Dorel.

Jamie Reid’s blast into the side netting summed up a disappointing day in front of goal for United.

The win sees Whites remain second in the standings, one point below current leaders Macclesfield Town.

Earlier, boss Kinnear kept the same side that started at Sutton on Tuesday night. Aziz Deen-Conteh replaced Tobi Sho-Silva on the bench, who missed out through injury.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Torquay United

30Vincent Dorel Goalkeeper
23Ryan Higgins 9 Defender
5Sean McGinty Defender
6Josh Gowling Defender, (c) 84'
3Liam Davis Midfielder
8Luke Young Midfielder
4Damon Lathrope 27 Midfielder
12Callum Evans Midfielder
13Josh McQuoid Forward
19Jamie Reid Forward
39Rhys Murphy 10 Forward
1Ryan Clarke Goalkeeper
2Michee Efete Defender
9Jon-Paul Pittman 23 Forward Higgins 67'
10Ruairi Keating 39 Forward Murphy 78'
90'
27Jennison Myrie-Williams 4 Midfielder Lathrope 46'
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First Team Manager: Gary Owers

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender 79'
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
21Paul Lewis Midfielder 5'
26'
11Mitchell Pinnock 23 Forward 26'
10Jamie Allen Forward 63'
17Ryan Bird Forward 63'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
23Kadell Daniel 11 Forward Pinnock 59'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

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

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Samuel AllisonAaron Moody
Craig Simpson
Timothy Burley

Ground

Plainmoor
81 Warbro Rd, Torquay TQ1 3PS, UK