Dover Athletic v Harrogate Town

HARROGATE TOWN PLAYER TO WATCH

 

 

 

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TOP SCORERS

Inih Effiong is Athletic’s top scorer with x goals, with

SUTTON UNITED WEBSITE

www.harrogatetownafc.com

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adult:  £18
Over 60:  £15
Under 18:  £9
Under 11:  Free (With a paying accompanying adult)

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SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick-off 3 pm unless stated)

AFC Fylde v Bromley
Aldershot Town v Ebbsfleet United
Barnet v Eastleigh
Barrow v Woking
Boreham Wood v Chorley
Dagenham & Redbridge v Chesterfield
Hartlepool United v Torquay United
Maidenhead United v Sutton United
Notts County v Yeovil Town
Solihull Moors v FC Halifax Town
Stockport County v Wrexham

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Dover Athletic v Sutton United

SUTTON PLAYER TO WATCH

 

 

 

You can view Sutton’s full squad list below. (Credit Sutton United FC for photos).

TOP SCORERS

Inih Effiong is Athletic’s top scorer with x goals, with

SUTTON UNITED WEBSITE

www.suttonunited.net

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adult:  £18
Over 60:  £15
Under 18:  £9
Under 11:  Free (With a paying accompanying adult)

COVERAGE

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SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick-off 3 pm unless stated)

AFC Fylde v FC Halifax Town
Aldershot Town v Torquay United
Barnet v Wrexham
Barrow v Chesterfield
Boreham Wood v Bromley
Dagenham & Redbridge v Eastleigh
Hartlepool United v Chorley
Maidenhead United v Yeovil Town
Notts County v Ebbsfleet United
Solihull Moors v Woking
Stockport County v Harrogate Town

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Dover Athletic v Barnet

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TOP SCORERS

Inih Effiong is Athletic’s top scorer with x goals, with

BARNET WEBSITE

www.barnetfc.com

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adult:  £18
Over 60:  £15
Under 18:  £9
Under 11:  Free (With a paying accompanying adult)

COVERAGE

If you can’t make the match you can follow on the action on Twitter @DAFCLiveText.  Coverage starts shortly after 2 pm.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick-off 3 pm unless stated)

AFC Fylde v Hartlepool United
Barrow v Stockport County
Boreham Wood v Dagenham & Redbridge
Bromley v Aldershot Town
FC Halifax Town v Wrexham
Maidenhead United v Torquay United
Notts County v Harrogate Town
Solihull Moors v Chorley
Sutton United v Eastleigh
Woking v Chesterfield
Yeovil Town v Ebbsfleet United

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Dover Athletic v Chesterfield

Nassim L’Ghoul’s late equaliser ensured Whites extended their unbeaten run against Chesterfield to four matches.

The substitute dinked over away keeper Shwan Jalal to end a recent run of back-to-back league losses for Andy Hessenthaler’s men.

Tom Denton had fired the away side ahead from the penalty spot following Shadrach Ogie’s handball.

The point keeps Dover 12th on the National League table, four points behind seventh-placed Stockport.

Early on, Nathan Tyson took advantage of Dover defensive hesitancy to sprint clear, but with only Lee Worgan to beat, fired straight at the home keeper.

Jordan Cropper burst into Athletic’s penalty area and found Denton, but the big striker directed his header into Worgan’s arms.

As task opposite goalkeeper Jalal failed to do when dropping Jack Munn’s set piece at Kevin Lokko’s feet, but Whites’ defender scooped the ball over the crossbar from close range.

Dangerous on the counter-attack, Chesterfield fled forward from a Dover corner and though Josef Yarney found Tyson in space, Worgan was down quickly to make a one-handed save from the experienced striker’s angled drive.

Following the restart, Jalal was forced to tip Dominic Poleon’s cross-cum-shot, with Oscar Gobern headed the resultant corner over the bar.

Tyson headed Liam Mandeville’s swirling cross towards goal, an effort easily dealt by Worgan.

Dover’s stopper had more work to do on the visitors next attack.

Tyson skipped into the area, but Worgan was out quickly to block the forward’s shot from point-blank range.

At the other end, Will De Havilland’s looping volley from a corner dipped just wide of his intended target.

And his central defensive partner Paul Rooney, on for the injured Kevin Lokko at the break, went close with a header from Munn’s corner.

Whites were unable to hold onto their clean sheet when Ogie was penalised for a handball in the area with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Denton stepped up from 12 yards and sent Worgan the wrong way to give the away side the lead.

But Dover were back in the contest when one of their substitutes struck with two minutes remaining.

L’Ghoul latched onto Munns’ pinpoint through-ball and chipped the ball over the onrushing Jalal to restore parity.

But Whites were unable to muster a late rally to find a winner as they drew their ninth league game of the campaign.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made three changes to the side that lost to Yeovil last week.  Ogie, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Steven Rigg came in for Bobby-Joe Taylor, L’Ghoul and the injured Inih Effiong.

Whites next travel to Eastleigh on Tuesday 17th March, kick-off 7:45 pm.

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Dover Athletic v Gillingham

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Dover Athletic v Yeovil Town

A wonder goal dented Whites’ play-off chances against their promotion rivals at Crabble on Saturday.

Experienced striker Marc Richards blasted into the top corner from 20-yards to hand Andy Hessenthaler’s men their first home defeat of 2020.

The loss leaves Athletic two points outside the play-offs in 11th position on the National League table.

Carl Dickinson was forced to head Nassim L’Ghoul’s early cross over the bar to prevent the ball reaching Ricky Modeste at the far post.

Dominic Poleon then flashed a ball across the goalmouth, a cross that none of his Dover teammates gambled on.

Richards went sliding into the area to try and connect to Dickinson’s swirling cross, only to miss the ball by a matter of inches.

The visitors went close twice more, Courtney Duffus firing wide of the mark from the edge of the box and Jimmy Smith heading Remeao Hutton’s cross straight at home stopper Lee Worgan.

With half-time looming, Luke Wilkinson went for the spectacular with an overhead-kick from Charlie Lee’s long throw, an effort too high to trouble Worgan.

There was time for the away side to have another effort, with Duffus volleying onto the back stanchion after Matt Worthington’s initial shot had been blocked.

Inih Effiong then sprinted clear after Lee had flicked a goal-kick towards his own net and with just away keeper Stuart Nelson to beat, the striker was felled in the area after Wilkinson took both the man and ball with a last-ditch challenge.

After the restart, Worgan redeemed himself after dropping the ball, rushing out to block Smith’s effort.

But Athletic’s keeper had no chance with Yeovil’s next chance.

Duffus held off Will De Havilland on the touchline and passed back to Richards to send a shot from the edge of the area into the top corner, with Worgan only able to push the ball into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Albi Skendi couldn’t match his teammate’s fine finish with Yeovil’s next attempt as the Albanian blazed over following good work out wide from Hutton.

Duffus thought he had doubled the Somerset side’s lead after running on to Skendi’s pass and slotting through Worgan’s legs, only for the assistant to rule the finish out for offside.

The striker then went close again, nodding Smith’s knock-back into the box against the bar with the same player lashing the rebound wide.

Having used all his substitutes, one of Hessenthaler’s replacements nearly leveled matters when Ade Yusuff forced away keeper Stuart Nelson to parry his close-range volley from Bobby-Joe Taylor’s cross.

With time running out, Inih Effiong volleyed towards goal, but his strike lacked the power to trouble Nelson.

A lacklustre Dover attack were unable to find a route to goal as the Kent side remain outside of the top seven with nine league games remaining.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that lost at Solihull last weekend.  Gobern, Lokko, Passley and Poleon replaced Michael Woods, Paul Rooney, Aaron Simpson and Shadrach Ogie.

Whites next host Gillingham in the quarter-final of the Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday 10th March, kick-off 7:30 pm.

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Dover Athletic v AFC Fylde

A five-star performance saw Dover register their biggest win of the campaign against struggling Fylde at Crabble on Saturday.

Tom Walker’s early penalty had the visitors ahead, however Andy Hessenthaler’s men were in the lead at the break thanks to Dominic Poleon’s finish and an Inih Effiong penalty.

Effiong completed his treble with two quick-fire strikes after the restart, with substitute Bobby-Joe Taylor completing the rout late on.

Is was the worst possible start for Whites when Fylde were awarded a spot kick for a handball against Aaron Simpson, much to the home crowd’s disagreement.

Midfielder Tom Walker seemed unfazed by Dover’s protestations, slotting into the middle of the goal to give the away side the lead.

Will De Havilland then found himself in space inside the area, only to make minimal contact with the ball and leaving visiting keeper Sam Hornby with the simplest of saves.

Dominic Poleon received the ball on the edge of the box, only the see his shot fly into Hornby’s arms via a deflection.

Moments later, on his first start for Dover, the Newport loanee gave Hornby no chance just after the 30-minute mark with Dover’s equaliser.

Following a slick one-two with Simpson, Ricky Modeste swung over a cross for Poleon to take a touch and slide in his first goal for Athletic via the inside of the post.

On the stroke of half-time, the referee then awarded his second spot-kick of the game, this time in favour of the home team.

Away skipper Lewis Montrose was penalised for tugging Paul Rooney’s shirt in the area as a free-kick was floated towards the box.

Effiong stepped up to slam the ball into the middle of the net, his 14th league goal of the campaign.

After the restart, Jack Munns’ long ball landed at Modeste’s feet, only for the Grenada international to take too heavy a touch, with the ball rolling forward for Hornby to gather.

The Coasters went close to levelling when Jamie Proctor was unable to divert Tyler French’s header from a corner towards goal.

Michael Woods then forced Hornby to turn his stinging 20-yard drive behind for a corner and Modeste was soon combining with Effiong as Hornby pushed aside the striker’s low drive.

Another foul on Rooney in the area saw Effiong presented with the chance to score his second of the match.

Though Hornby saved his initial penalty, both Ade Yusuff and Effiong raced onto the rebound, with both players claiming they got the final touch.

There was no doubting the scorer of the fourth as Effiong raced onto Woods’ through ball and slotted past Hornby to complete his treble.

Home keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer stopped sub Danny Philliskirk from grabbing a consolation and Dover completed a five-star performance with a fifth goal of the game minutes before full-time.

Woods sent a ball into the area for Taylor to volley home with his right foot under Hornby and add gloss on an impressive win for the Kent side.

The win sees Dover move up to sixth on the National League table, two points inside the play-offs.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that started at Barrow, with Poleon, Rooney, Modeste and Nassim L’Ghoul replacing Steven Rigg, Kevin Lokko, Jai Reason and Taylor.

Whites next travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday 29th February, kick off 3 pm.

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Dover Athletic v Barrow

Michael Woods’ late goal gave Whites an impressive win against league leaders Barrow in a pulsating encounter on Tuesday evening.

The midfielder smashed in sub Shadrach Ogie’s ball to move Andy Hessenthaler’s men up to eighth on the National League ladder, level on points with Notts County and Bromley in the two positions above them.

Will De Havilland had slotted the hosts ahead, but it looked like The Bluebirds would leave Crabble with a point thanks to John Rooney’s late penalty.

However Woods’ goal handed Athletic back-to-back wins, extending their unbeaten run at Crabble to four matches.

Earlier, Inih Effiong had a sight of goal after Jai Reason’s mis-kick had moved into the path of Dover’s top scorer, however the striker smashed wide from close range.

A quick counter-attack then saw Reason released out wide, with visiting stopper Joel Dixon forced to turn away the midfielder’s angled drive.

Reason instead turned provider for the opening goal.

The midfielder’s corner landed at the feet of De Havilland, leaving the centre-half with the simple task of steering the ball into the bottom corner.

Dior Angus then had a sight of goal at the other end, but blazed over from the edge of the area.

Barrow’s top scorers then combined to create their best chance of the half.

Rooney threaded through a pass for Scott Quigley to run onto, however keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer, making his home debut, spread himself at the feet of the National League’s top scorer to make a vital block.

The hosts thought they had doubled their led just before the break when Effiong nodded in Bobby-Joe Tayor’s free-kick, but the referee ruled the goal out for offside.

The decision almost proved vital as Lewis Hardcastle curled just wide of the post from 20-yards following Rooney’s smart dummy.

Angus outpaced Lokko out wide and sent a low cross in the direction of the onrushing Quigley, however Josh Passley came across to divert the ball away, though a goal kick was given much to Quigley’s visible bemusement.

Striker Angus continued to cause the home side problems, this time turning his marker from Bradley Barry’s throw-in and smashing straight at Maynard-Brewer from the tightest of angle

Rooney then fired towards the bottom corner from 20-yards, a shot parried by Maynard-Brewer straight to Quigley, but the target man ran out of pitch as he tried to round Athletic’s Australian keeper.

As the pace of the game of intensified, a smart one-two with Aaron Simpson’s ended with Effiong blazing narrowly over.

Rooney then found teammate Quigley again, but the striker was off target, volleying into the side-netting with just Maynard-Brewer to beat.

The away side kept pushing and were awarded a spot kick 10 minutes from time when Ogie fouled fellow sub Byron Harrison in the area.

Rooney made no mistake from 12 yards, blasting the ball down the middle to level the scores.

But the drama was not over as Hessenthaler’s men went ahead with two minutes remaining.

Ogie’s rampaging run and teasing cross found Woods at the far post, with the midfielder lashing in his third goal of the season past Dixon.

Barrow went back on the attack with Harrison somehow getting in the way of teammate Jack Hindle’s goalbound effort.

And Dover held on to win their third win in four matches to move themselves firmly into the play-off picture.

Earlier, boss Andy Hessenthaler made one change to the side that started the 2-0 win at Stockport County on Saturday with Bobby-Joe Taylor coming in for the injured Oscar Gobern.

Ricky Modeste and Shadrach Ogie returned from injury and illness respectively and were named as substitutes.

Whites will next travel to Eastleigh on Saturday 15th February.

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Dover Athletic v Aldershot Town

A goal in each half saw Athletic move to within three points of the play-offs following a home win against ten-man Shots on Saturday.

Kevin Lokko headed Andy Hessenthaler’s men in front on the quarter-hour mark and Shadrach Ogie, making his home debut since signing on loan from League Two side Leyton Orient earlier this month, scored a stunning solo effort shortly after the restart.

Kodi Lyons-Foster saw red after receiving his second yellow card following a foul on Michael Woods on the edge of the area as Whites extended their current unbeaten run to three matches league.

Athletic almost took an early lead when Inih Effiong pounced on a defensive howler, only to fire over with only visiting keeper Mitch Walker to beat.

However, the home fans did not have to wait long to see their side take the lead.

Jai Reason, back in the starting line-up since the New Year’s defeat at Bromley, floated in a free-kick for Kevin Lokko to stoop low and head home at the far post.

Midfielder Reason then nearly set up Ogie, only for Walker to save the 18-year-old loanee’s save from the edge of the box.

Man-of-the-match Ogie then lit up a game of few chances shortly after the restart as Whites extended their lead.

The left-back, after picking the ball up in his own half, made a beeline for the penalty area, before slotting the ball past Walker and running off to celebrate in front of the home supporters.

Home keeper Yusuf Mersin dived low to palm away Connor Shields’ stinging drive and Aldershot’s quest to get themselves back in the game was made harder when Lyons-Foster, already yellow-carded in the first-half, was given his marching orders after taking down Woods just outside the Shots penalty area.

Lewis Walker headed straight into Mersin’s arms and at the other end, with the clock ticking down, substitute Ade Yusuff fired into the side netting when through on goal.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started at Notts County last week, with Mersin and Reason coming in for Lee Worgan and Ricky Modeste, who were both injured.

Whites next travel to FC Halifax Town on Tuesday 28th January, kick off 7:45 pm.

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Dover Athletic v Hartlepool United

Nassim L’Ghoul’s injury-time goal rescued a point for Whites at Crabble on Saturday.

With time running out, the substitute slotted into the bottom corner as the home side made their second-half pressure pay off.

Kevin Lokko’s first-half own goal had given the away side the lead until Frenchman L’Ghoul struck late on.

Earlier, Anthony Jeffrey blasted an effort straight at home keeper Mitch Beeney and Hartlepool’s giant keeper had to do more to keep out Ricky Modeste’s header moments later.

Athletic’s winger directed Bobby-Joe Taylor’s corner goalwards, only for Beeney to stick out a giant paw to prevent his header from going in.

At the other end, home keeper Lee Worgan was powerless to stop the visitors from taking the lead.

Gavan Holohan’s swirling ball into the area caught out Lokko and Dover’s skipper nodded into his own net.

Worgan fared better when he was next called into action, saving Gus Mafuta’s low drive with his legs.

Ryan Donaldson dived to meet Mark Shelton’s driven cross, only to miss the target.

Will De Havilland went close, nodding Taylor’s cross just wide of the mark.

Jeffrey curled wide of the wrong side just after the restart and Gobern

volleyed into the arms of Beeney as Whites searched for a leveller.

Pool’s former England Under-19 keeper then dived low to turned Effiong’s fizzing shot behind for a corner.

With time running out, Pools almost doubled their lead when Shelton smashed a free-kick just over Worgan’s crossbar.

That miss proved costly for the north-east team as Dover equalised after the clock had struck 90 minutes.

L’Ghoul ran onto Effiong’s nudged pass and stroked the ball into the bottom corner via the far post, his second league goal of the season.

Dover almost won it in dramatic fashion, Taylor’s swirling corner ricocheted off sub Steven Rigg and inches over Hartlepool’s crossbar and Whites avoided an eighth home defeat of the campaign.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made three changes to the side that lost at Bromley on New Year’s Day with Jeffrey, Worgan and Oscar Gobern all coming into the starting line-up.

Whites next travel to Notts County on Saturday 18th January, kick-off 3 pm.

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