Category: Match Report


Athletic registered their second pre-season win in as many games, beating Tonbridge Angels 2-0 at the Longmead Stadium on Monday night.

An early tap in for a triallist and a smart second half finish from Tobi Sho-Silva was enough for Dover to overcome their Bostik Premier opponents.

The visitors made the perfect start in the first minute.  Mitch Pinnock’s fierce freekick was parried wide, but Dover’s attack were quick to play the ball back into the box where a triallist was lurking to tuck the ball home.

Former Dover duo Craig Stone and Nathan Elder combined on the half hour mark for Angels, with the latter powering a header narrowly wide.

At the other end, some delightful wing play from one of the triallists ended with Sho-Silva stabbing the ball wide minutes before half time.

But Sho-Silva made amends for his miss in the 54th minute

Chris Barnard’s defence splitting pass found the in-form forward, who made no mistake from close range, slotting home via the post to make it three goals in two games.

Midfielder Barnard (Pictured) almost created another, this time sending substitute Kane Richards clear, but the winger was unable to get the better of the home keeper Anthony Di Bernardo.

Jamie Allen almost grabbed his first goal for Whites late on, but his near post effort was pushed away by the home keeper.

Substitute Connor Essam almost scored at the death, his deep cross striking the top of the bar.

Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear made six changes to the team that started against Folkestone.

Giancarlo Gallifuoco, George Essuman, Pinnock and Sho-Silva retained their place from the weekend with Barnard coming into midfield.

Whites host Welling United on Tuesday ay 7.45pm.

VIDEO:  You can see Chris Kinnear’s post match thoughts here:



Dover proved too strong for their Bostik Premier League neighbours after winning Saturday’s friendly 5-1 at the Fullicks Stadium.

Tobi Sho-Silva netted a brace, with Kane Richards, Mitch Brundle and substitute Ryan Bird also on the scoresheet.

Athletic went close early on as Brundle struck the post with a low effort after winning the ball in midfield.

First to the rebound was Sho-Silva and the fomer Bromley man sent the ball back towards Dover’s captain, who headed straight at Folkestone keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens.

Invicta’s stopper had to be at his best minutes later, tipping away Sho-Silva’s drive after the striker had been put clean through by Mitch Pinnock.

Brundle’s resulting corner almost flew straight in, but Scott Heard was on hand at the back post to head off the line.

Another Pinnock pass saw Richards run clear of the home defence, but his delicate chip sailed harmlessly over.

The first goal came on 33 minutes. An error from Folkestone skipper Kwabena Osei saw the ball run into Sho-Silva’s path and the forward fired home his first goal for Dover via a slight deflection.

The lead was almost doubled prior to the break, Femi Ilesamni crossing towards a lurking Richards at the far post, but the winger aimed his header wide of the upright.

But the summer signing from Chester bagged his first for the club 15 minutes after the restart.

The pacy winger made no mistake from five yards, slotting home a cross at the near post.

Brundle then opened his own account for Dover in stunning style a minute later. The midfielder’s 20 yard chip from Bird’s lay-off sailed over a helpless Chalmers-Stevens and into the top corner.

Sho-Silva grabbed his second on 75 minutes, taking Brundle’s smart pass in his stride and calmly slotting into the bottom corner.

Invicta grabbed a late consolation when a cross from Salvin Kisitu went straight in with nine minutes remaining.

Bird had the last say though, latching onto a long ball and smashing home with the last kick of the match.

Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear had made three changes from Tuesday night’s defeat to Charlton.

Pinnock, George Essuman and a triallist came in for Jamie Allen, Connor Essam and Bird, who started on the bench.

Dover visit Tonbridge Angels on Monday (7.30pm) before hosting Welling on Tuesday (7.45pm).


Dover suffered their first defeat in pre-season after a goal in each half from Jake Forster-Caskey and substitute Reeco Hackett-Fairchild saw League One Charlton win 2-0 at Crabble on Tuesday.

There was little action in the first 10 minutes of Dover’s third friendly until Forster-Caskey struck the angle of post and bar from outside the area before Kane Richards’ low effort flew just wide minutes later.

Visiting goalkeeper Dillon Phillips had to be at his agile best to tip away Connor Essam’s header from Mitch Brundle’s corner and the centre back was presented with another goalscoring opportunity 10 minutes later.

Brundle’s free-kick was flicked into the path of Essam, but the defender appeared to not realise he only had the goalie to beat and nodded harmlessly over.

The away side opened the scoring just before the break after Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis’ cross found Forster-Caskey and the midfielder made no mistake with a close range header.

Dover replied with captain Brundle having free-kick held by Phillips at the second attempt.

Brundle’s side continued to push forward after the break and half-time substitute Loui Fazakerley’s foray into the box ended with a shot on target, but Charlton’s stopper comfortably dealt with his effort.

The right-back ventured forward again minutes later, this time slinging a dangerous cross into the box, but fellow substitute Mitch Pinnock was unable to convert.

A trio of chances involving both sides were missed on the hour point.

Essam flashed a header wide from a Pinnock delivery before sub Tobi-Sho Silva fired an twenty yard effort inches wide.

At the other end, nice interplay involving Magennis and Karlan Ahearne-Grant ended with the latter blazing over when well placed.

Mark Marshall created space for the himself to shoot, but Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker was equal to his effort, diving left to push the ball to safety.

Walker was also on hand to deny Aaron Phillips attempt to go around him.

The Addicks made the game safe right at the death with Joe Aribo laying the ball off to Hackett-Fairchild to fire home.

Earlier, manager Chris Kinnear named an unchanged starting side from the team that drew with Gillingham on Saturday.

Dover: Walker, Trialist (Trialist 46mins), Ilesanmi (Essuman 46mins), Gallifuoco (Barnard 79mins), Parry (Trialist 46mins), Essam, Richards (Trialist 46mins), Brundle (Pinnock 46mins), Bird (Sho-Silva 46mins), Allen (Fazakerley 46mins), Trialist (Trialist 78mins).

Sub not used: Trialist.

Charlton: Phillips; Barnes, Sarr, Konsa (Dijksteel 82mins), Jackson (Charles-Cook 21mins); Marshall (Carter 85mins), Crofts, Forster-Caskey (Aribo 62mins), Ahearne-Grant; Clarke (Stewart 67mins), Magennis (Hackett-Fairchild 71mins).

Subs not used: Beeney, Bowry

Attendance:: 835




Dover and Gillingham shared the spoils in an exciting all-Kent pre-season friendly thanks to Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s second half tap in.

The defender, who signed a one year deal with Athletic earlier this week, punished Gillingham goalkeeper Thomas Holy after the Czech stopper allowed Mitch Brundle’s free kick to wriggle underneath his body and into the path of the Australian.

Ryan Bird had earlier given the home side the lead five minutes into the first half, but Gillingham hit back through goals from Connor Wilkinson and Luke O’Neill before Gallifuco levelled.

Dover made the perfect start as Bird expertly directed Femi Ilesamni’s cross into the back of the visitors net via the post.

Jake Hessenthaler, son of former Dover Manager Andy, went close with a header and Gillingham had an even better chance to level 10 minutes later.

Goalkeeper Mitch Walker felled a Gillingham triallist in the box, but redeemed himself by diving left to push away Wilkinson’s spot kick.

However, the White’s stopper was unable to keep Wilkinson out for long as the visiting striker slotted pounced on Connor Essam’s miscontrol to slot home.

The home side almost had the lead shortly after the break, but Jamie Allen’s close range effort was deflected wide. Lee Martin then let fly from the edge of the box for Gills, but his effort flew the wrong side of the post.

The League One side took the lead on 61 minutes as Luke O’Neill crashed a close range header past a helpless Walker.

But Gallifuoco was on hand to equalise minutes later and Dover were inches away from winning the match late on as Holy tipped a triallist’s curling effort onto the cross bar.

Earlier boss Chris Kinnear made one change to the starting line up from Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Deal Town.

Gallifuoco, Bird and two triallists came in for Loui Fazakerley, George Essuman, Tobi Sho-Silva and Mitchell Pinnock, who all came on as second half substitutes against Gills.

Whites host another League One side, Charlton Athletic, on Tuesday 18th July, kick off 19:45.

Dover: Walker, Trialist (Fazakerley 46mins), Ilesamni (Barnard 70mins), Gallifuoco, Parry (Essuman 75mins), Essam (Trialist 75mins), Richards (Trialist 61mins), Brundle, Bird (Trialist 61mins), Allen (Sho-Silva 61mins), Trialist (Trialist 70mins).

Gillingham: Nelson (Holy 46mins), O’Neill (O’Mara 46mins), Ogilvie (Garmston 46mins), Zakuani (Ehmer 46mins), Trialist (Tucker 46mins), Hessenthaler (Oldaker 46mins), Byrne (Trialist 46mins), Martin (Wright 46mins), List (Wagstaff 46mins), Wilkinson (Mbo 46mins), Trialist (Stevenson 46mins). Subs: Hadler, Chapman, Simpson, Cundle.

Attendance: 1,084




George Essuman’s stunning overhead kick set Dover on their way to victory in their first pre-season friendly at a rain soaked Charles Ground on Tuesday evening.

The defender, making his first start since joining from VCD Athletic in March, spectacularly volleyed home Mitch Brundle’s corner to open the scoring midway through the first half.

A fierce strike from one of the triallists and a neat finish from another debutant, Ryan Bird, sealed victory for the visitors after the break.

Boss Chris Kinnear’s new look side, featuring six summer signings, showed their attacking intent straight from kick off.

Connor Essam powered an early header over and Brundle, wearing the captain’s armband, fired a long range effort narrowly off target shortly after.

Whites continued to press and Mitch Pinnock’s pin-point cross found Tobi Sho-Silva at the back post, but the former Bromley forward’s volley was deflected behind.

Deal Town’s defence continued to hold firm, this time recovering to block Jamie Allen’s angled effort following some sublime skill from the pacy striker.

But the home team were unable to hold out any longer as Essuman fired home the resulting corner to give Dover a deserved lead.

A rare attack minutes before the break saw Town hit the post with a header and at the other end Kane Richard’s tight drive stung the palms of Deal’s goalkeeper.

Boss Kinnear made nine changes at half time. Striker Bird, midfielder Chris Barnard and seven triallists were all given 45 minutes.

The home team almost levelled twenty minutes after the restart after some pinball in the box ended in the ball being stabbed wide.

The lead was doubled on 73 minutes after one of the trialist’s found the bottom corner from range.

Bird wrapped the game up late on, collecting a clever through ball and slamming the ball into the bottom corner.

Dover’s next friendly is at home to League One Gillingham on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

Dover starting XI :Walker, Fazakerley, Ilesamni, Essam, Parry, Essuman, Pinnock, Brundle(c), Richards, Allen, Sho-Silva.




Ross Lafayette and Aswad Thomas scored the goals as Dover beat Welling United 2-0 to win the Kent Reliance Senior Cup final at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium on Monday.

It was the first time Dover have won the cup since 1991 and they did it without conceding a goal along the way.

To complete a memorable day for Dover captain Loui Fazakerley, who was playing against his former club, he was named Man-of-the-Match.

Dover started brightly against the National League South side and Moses Emmanuel, one of the three changes boss Chris Kinnear made to his starting side following Saturday’s win at Barrow AFC, was soon in action.

He had the first effort of the day with his shot easily gathered by goalkeeper Chris Lewington before Mitch Pinnock’s 25-yarder flew just over the Welling bar.

Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker was called into action not long after, diving low to his left to turn Ali Fuseni’s shot away for a corner.

Back at the other end, Thomas saw his header from Sam Magri’s cross easily caught by Lewington.

Walker then saved from his Wings namesake Darren and Tom Richards before Sam Hatton’s drive whistled inches wide of the Dover goal.

Lewington needed to be alert after Emmanuel charged down Danny Waldron’s clearance and the keeper won the foot race with the Dover frontman to the loose ball.

Welling had the first chance of the second half with Alex Cathline turning well in Dover’s box before seeing his shot saved at close range by Walker moments after the restart.

The deadlock was broken in the 54th minute and it stunning style by Lafayette.

His curling 25-yarder gave Lewington no chance as it flew into the top corner of the goal in front of the Dover fans.

Welling saw efforts from Hatton and Ricky Hayles fly well wide before Walker safely caught former Dover striker Harry Crawford’s shot.

Walker saved from Walker again before substitute Peter Skapetis’ overhead kick went close just after the Australian striker came on for his Dover debut.

Magri saw his header from Joe Healy’s corner saved by Lewington as Whites pressed for a second.

Thomas delivered it with three minutes to go when he headed home Healy’s cross.

Earlier, Kinnear had to make three enforced changes.

Jamie Grimes and Ricky Miller missed out through injury while Connor Essam’s loan deal from Eastleigh had ended.

They were replaced by Fazakerly, Pinnock and Emmanuel.

Dover: Walker, Orlu , N’Gala , Fazakerley, Magri, Healy, Pinnock (Skapetis mins), Hurst, Thomas, Lafayette (Stevenson 80 mins), Emmanuel (Jackson 90 mins).

Subs not used: Kinnear jnr, Barnard.

Welling United: Lewington, Richards, Johnson (Joesph-Dubois 71mins), Fish (Slabber 82mins), Waldron, Hayles, Fuseini, Hatton, Cathline, Crawford, Walker.

Subs not used: Leacock, Francis, Agu.

Attendance: 939


A bitterly disappointed Jamie Grimes has his say after the 2-1 loss against Torquay United at Crabble.