A late goal by Stuart Lewis handed Whites’ back-to-back victories in the National League at Crabble on Saturday.
Midfielder Lewis followed up after visiting stopper Jake Cole spilt out Anthony Jeffrey’s ball across goal to extend Dover’s unbeaten league run to seven matches.
The victory lifts Andy Hessenthaler’s men to 17th in the league table on 54 points, with boss Andy Hessenthaler setting a revised target of 60 points by the end of the season.
Earlier, Rollin Menayese headed over from John Goddard’s cross as the game’s first meaningful chance went the way of the already relegated Shots.
Inih Effiong then went for glory, exchanging passes with Anthony Jeffrey before forcing visiting goalkeeper Jake Cole into a low save from the edge of the area.
Effiong then slipped in Jamie Allen, but Dover’s forward slipped at the crucial moment and sent his shot sailing over the crossbar.
The home side continued to create chances and Bobby-Joe Taylor, playing in a more advanced role for Whites, headed Jeffrey’s pinpoint ball back across the goalmouth and out for a goalkick.
Aldershot’s first attempt on target arrived shortly after the restart when Goddard took aim, however, Worgan was equal to the long-ranger and parried the ball away.
Effiong swivelled in the area, only to see his strike bravely blocked by the visiting defence, while Jeffrey had Cole scrambling along his goalline with a dipping 30-yarder.
Kevin Lokko then glanced Taylor’s corner off-target and the away side went even close five minutes before the hour mark.
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong found Reece Grant in the area, but the striker was unable to hit the target as the ball deflected off Joshua Debayo and onto the foot of the post before being cleared the safety.
Athletic and Effiong were left looking to the skies with their next opportunity.
Taylor slipped in Dover’s top scorer at the far post, only for Cole to somehow deny Effiong with a spectacular block from point-blank range.
Goddard stabbed McDonnell’s pass just wide and sub George Elokobi volleyed past the far post from distance.
Cole continued to thwart the hosts, somehow palming over Nortei Nortey’s deflected top corner-bound strike.
And the Shot’s stopper was not finished there.
Referee David Rock ushered play on following a foul on sub Alfie Pavey, but while the Aldershot defence remained motionless, Cole was out quickly to deny Allen.
Stuart Lewis had an effort cleared off the line and moments later the Aldershot backline denied Athletic.
Jeffrey outsprinted his opponent out wide, finding Allen to thump the ball goalwards, only for Rollin Menayese to acrobatically clear the ball off the line.
Sub Kadell Daniel nearly scored his first goal of the season, firing inches wide, while Cole gathered Jeffrey’s long-distance effort at the second attempt.
Agyepong raced through to steal the win late on, only for Worgan to make a sprawling save.
Dover finally made the breakthrough on 89 minutes thanks to Lewis’ first goal for the club.
Lewis tucked the ball into the bottom corner after Cole parried out Jeffrey’s ball.
Earlier, boss Andy Hessenthaler four changes to the side that started at Barrow last week. Adebowale, Jeffrey, Debayo and Allen came in for Scott Doe, Josh Passley, Pavey and Jai Reason with the latter two named as substitutes.
Whites next travel to Ebbsfleet in the National League on Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April, kick-off 3 pm.
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Whites moved nine points clear of the drop zone following a goalless draw at Crabble on Saturday.
In a game of few chances, Athletic held on to extend their unbeaten run in the National League to five matches.
Inih Effiong jinked through the visiting defence early on, however both he and teammate Alfie Pavey both tried to shoot at the same time and the ball rolled harmlessly through as a result of the mix-up.
Chesterfield, with seven changes from their 2-0 win against Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend, forced the first shot on target with home stopper turning away Jack McKay’s stinging volley.
Bobby-Joe Taylor’s swirling free-kick had Joe Anyon scrambling, but the ball flew over the visiting goalie’s far post.
Jai Reason’s long ball set Alfie Pavey clear, but Spireites skipper Will Evans recovered in time to make a last ditch challenge.
Stuart Lewis then sent a 25-yard effort into the side netting for Athletic.
Worgan then dived low to grab onto Marc-Antoine Fortune’s low drive following a one-two with Charlie Carter on the edge of the area and at the other end Mitch Brundle sent a piledriver just over.
Lewis sent another shot from distance over after Taylor’s free kick struck the Chesterfield wall and Fortune scuffed well wide from a right angle after Lee Shaw had played in the ball from out wide.
Dover’s best chance came midway through the second half.
Kevin Lokko headed Reason’s pinpoint delivery goalwards, only for the ball to cannon off both Pavey and Bedsente Gomis and away after both players tried to head on target.
Andrew Kiwomya blazed over from a few yards after Worgan’s parry from Fortune fell kindly for the substitute.
Kiwomya saw his shot strike Lokko and though Lawrence Maguire sent the rebound goalwards with venom from the edge of the box, Lokko bravely blocked the ball with his body to keep Dover’s clean sheet in tact.
Earlier, boss Andy Hessenthaler made one change to the side that started at Solihull last week, with Effiong replacing the injured Jamie Allen.
Whites are in National League action again next weekend when they travel to Barrow on Saturday 13th April, kick off 3 pm.
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A GOAL in each half eased Dover’s relegation fears as Andy Hessenthaler’s men won in windy conditions at Crabble on Saturday.
Alfie Pavey’s close range finish and a goal direct from Anthony Jeffrey’s cross had Whites in control just after the hour mark.
Matty Kosylo headed home to set up a nervy last 25 minutes for the hosts, however Athletic held on to move five points clear of the National League drop zone.
Town’s Nathan Clarke too an early shot on from a corner, but volleyed narrowly over.
Dover went for goal twice in quick succession, with long-range efforts from Bedsente Gomis and Jeffrey going straight at visiting keeper Sam Johnson.
Town’s stopper then beat away Mitch Brundle’s fiercely struck free-kick and then grabbed onto Stuart Lewis’ follow-up volley from the edge of the box.
Home keeper Lee Worgan dived low to tip away Devante Rodney’s bottom-corner bound drive and Jeffrey was off target at the other end with a curling effort over the crossbar.
Pavey, in search of his third National League goal of the season for Athletic, saw Johnson pat down a 30-yard strike.
And the striker made no mistake with his next chance on 25 minutes.
Jai Reason weaved past two defenders and laid the ball off for Pavey to fire past Johnson from a inside the penalty area.
The Halifax defence were clearly aggrieved by the opener, but their claims of handball against Reason were waved away by the referee.
The midfielder then nearly turned goalscorer, sending a scorching volley just wide before the break.
Hessenthaler’s team were nearly made to pay for missing their chances 10 minutes after the restart.
Danny McNamara’s stumble allowed Kosylo to break clear, however Worgan blocked the winger’s shot with his legs.
Pavey poked wide after Bobby-Joe Taylor’s free-kick struck the wall, but Athletic had the lead in fortuitous circumstances on 61 minutes.
Taylor surged forward and passed to Jeffrey to whip in a cross which passed a stunned Johnson and into the bottom corner.
However the points were not safe as The Shaymen pulled a goal back three minutes later through dangerman Kosylo.
A long kick by goalkeeper Johnson made it’s way all the way up to Dover’s penalty area for Kosylo to head over the onrushing Worgan and into the net.
Kevin Lokko almost restored the two-goal advantage, heading over Taylor’s corner.
Cameron King robbed McNamara and set Manny Duku clear, only for the substitute to slip at the crucial moment and send the ball wide of the mark.
There were cries of disbelief from the home crowd when the fourth official showed six minutes of injury time on the board, but Whites held on to extend their unbeaten home run to three matches.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler kept with the same side that drew 1-1 with Boreham Wood at Crabble on Tuesday night.
Whites next travel to Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League on Tuesday 26th March, kick off 7:45pm.
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MITCH Brundle’s first half goal ensured the points were shared at Crabble on Tuesday night.
The defender headed in Bobby-Joe Taylor’s free-kick to cancel out Justin Shaibu’s opener for a Boreham Wood side wearing Dover’s away strip from the Skrill South 2013/2014 promotion-winning campaign after their kit man arrived late due to heavy traffic.
It was the visitors who went ahead on four minutes via top scorer Shaibu.
The Brentford loanee latched onto debutant Charlie Cooper’s through ball and slammed the ball into the far corner past home stopper Lee Worgan.
Dover’s misery did not last long and the Kent side were level just six minutes later thanks to Mitch Brundle’s seventh goal of the season.
The skipper rose highest to head in Bobby-Joe Taylor free kick to restore parity.
Anthony Jeffrey almost had Dover ahead five minutes before the break, forcing visiting keeper Ryan Huddart to tip his low drive wide of the post.
Jai Reason was next to try from the edge of the box, but scuffed off target from Jamie Allen’s pass.
It was almost 2-1 to the hosts just moments later when Alfie Pavey, searching for his third goal in as many starts, headed Danny McNamara’s accurate centre narrowly wide.
Following the restart, Allen was unable to connect with Pavey’s driven pass across the goalline and Kevin Lokko stabbed wide after Taylor’s set piece fell kindly for the centre back.
Jamal Fyfield was left looking to the skies with Wood’s next chance.
The defender slammed the ball goalwards, only to see Worgan fling himself to turn the ball over in spectacular fashion.
A lightning Dover counter-attack ended with Huddart saving Allen’s curling effort and later on Pavey mistimed his volley after Reason found the forward in space.
Keiran Murtagh almost stunned the home crowd as he fired a long range strike into Worgan’s mid-rift.
Substitute Inih Effiong nearly scored a stunning late winning, but smashed well over after a sprint towards the box.
Luke Garrard’s men almost stole the win in injury time when Murtagh’s looping header struck the crossbar and bounced over for a goalkick.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler kept with the same side that started at Hartlepool on Saturday.
Whites next host FC Halifax Town in the National League on Saturday 16th March, kick off 3pm.
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Goalkeeper Lee Worgan starred on his National League debut for Dover to help his side win a crucial three points against 10-man Braintree.
Worgan produced a string of fine saves, including a stunning fingertip save to push Cameron James’ goalbound free-kick onto the crossbar and a penalty save from Korrey Henry.
The visitors started strongly and Worgan was soon in action, blocking Callum Morton’s angled drive after the West Brom loanee had been sent clear by Ifeani Allen a couple of minutes into the game.
Things took a turn for the worse for basement side Town when Ricky Gabriel was given his marching orders after four minutes after an off the ball incident with Alfie Pavey as Dover prepared to take a free-kick.
Dover made the man advantage count 15 minutes later as Pavey scored his first league goal for Whites.
The striker saw his intial header from a Bobby-Joe Taylor corner blocked, but slammed home the rebound after visiting stopper Ben Killip pushed Mitch Brundle’s follow-up shot into Pavey’s path.
Worgan dived onto Allen’s low drive and at the other end Kevin Lokko had a headed goal ruled out for a foul during a corner.
The chances kept coming for Dover as Pavey headed Taylor’s cross straight at Killip and Bedsente Gomis blasted well over from outside the box.
Worgan then produced an exceptional save just after the restart – James’ set piece seemed destined for the top corner, but the former Wales under-21 international somehow tipped the ball onto the crossbar before clutching onto Morton’s follow-up shot.
Lokko then headed another chance wide and Worgan continued to impress when referee Josh Smith pointed to the spot after Henry’s shot cannoned off Scott Doe’s arm in the area.
Henry ignored his teammate Allen’s pleas to hand the spot-kick duties over to designated taker Morton and Worgan left the striker red faced, diving low to his left and then grabbing the ball at the second attempt.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men duly punished their opponents as Jai Reason marked his return to the side with a goal on 57 minutes, cheekily nodding Brundle’s cross over the onrushing Killip.
Taylor almost grabbed his first goal for Dover, but chipped wide of the mark after being put through by Gomis.
Instead it was Brundle who sealed the win in the 74th minute, heading home Ricky Modeste’s inch-perfect cross after the winger had beaten two Town players out wide after collecting Jamie Allen’s pass from inside in own half.
Killip redeemed himself as full-time drew to a close, diving full-length to turn away Stuart Lewis’ half-volley from Tayor’s cross.
The final whistle confirmed Dover’s first home win of 2019.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that started at Maidenhead last week with Reason, Pavey and Worgan replacing Danny McNamara, Inih Effiong and Mitch Walker.
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George Thomson’s stunning late winner saw the points head to North Yorkshire on Saturday.
The midfielder let fly from 25-yards and though Mitch Walker got a touch, Dover’s stopper was unable to stop the ball from going into the top corner in a dramatic ending at Crabble.
Jamie Allen had levelled matters with just over ten minutes remaining to cancel out Mark Beck’s early goal and Jai Reason then had Andy Hessenthaler’s men on course for their first win in four National League matches with a spectacular volley two minutes later.
But Beck levelled from close range on 84 minutes before Thomson won the game with just moments to spare.
It was the worst possible start for Athletic as Harrogate went ahead after just six minutes.
Jack Muldoon sprayed the ball across to the onrushing Jack Emmett, who in turn passed the ball into the area for Beck to head in from just yards out.
Kevin Lokko, awarded National League Player of the Month for January earlier in the week, thought he had levelled after heading home Bobby-Joe Taylor’s cross, only for the linesman to rule the goal out for offside.
Reason chased down Taylor’s through ball, but saw his effort blocked by visiting keeper James Belshaw, who sprinted out of his area to deny Athletic’s midfielder.
Beck and Fallowfield nearly combined once again with tall striker Beck heading his right back’s cross narrowly over.
Following the restart, both Inih Effiong and Josh Falkingham were off target for their respective sides from distance.
Some neat interplay ended with Emmett curled just off target from the edge of the box.
Effiong was unable to convert Dover’s best chance of the half so far.
The forward sprinted onto Allen’s through ball, however Belford was out quickly to block the Effiong’s shot, with the rebound bouncing off Dover’s forward and into the arms of Harrogate’s grateful keeper.
Goalkeeper Belford then saved his side twice in succession, first denying sub Alfie Pavey from point blank range and then turning Allen’s angled drive around the post.
Effiong was unable to get his shot through a barrage of Harrogate defenders from close in and Dover’s forward then was just off target with a header from Brundle’s corner.
But Athletic finally made the breakthrough on 79 minutes thanks to Allen’s fifth league goal of the campaign.
A Brundle long throw made it’s way to the forward who slammed the ball into the far corner.
The home side were ahead in spectacular fashion just two minutes later.
Another Brundle throw was only half-cleared to Reason, who volleyed into the top corner from 25-yards.
But the scoring was not over and the visitors hit back on 84 minutes through Beck’s second of the game as the tall striker slotted sub Aaron Williams pass into the top corner.
And Thomson won it in stunning fashion, smashing the ball into top corner from all of 25-yards to win it for the away side.
Earlier boss Hessenthaler made one change to the side with Taylor replacing Nortei Nortey, who was ill.
Whites next travel to Salford City in the National League on Saturday 16th February, kick off 3pm.
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A late winner from Greg Olley saw Whites lose in the league for the first time this year.
Deep into injury time of the National League’s only fixture of the day due, the midfielder stabbed in Scott Barrow’s cross from close range, via the head of Connor Thomson, to complete a remarkable second half turnaround by the Heed at Crabble.
Kevin Lokko had headed Whites ahead, but Fraser Kerr levelled with a similar nodded goal after the break.
And the win was sealed seconds before the final whistle as Gateshead won at Crabble for the first time in five attempts.
Mitch Brundle almost scored early on against his former side, forcing visiting keeper Aynsley Pears to save his swirling free kick.
Josh Debayo, after tackling right-back Robbie Tinkler, sent a wicked ball into the box, however the nearest man Brundle, was unable to connect.
But it wasn’t long before Andy Hessenthaler’s men were ahead.
With the game nine minutes old, Lokko sent a looper header from Brundle’s corner over Pears’ and into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Captain Brundle was at the heart of everything as he nearly doubled Dover’s lead at the back post, only to be denied by the legs of Pears after Jamie Allen had flicked on Debayo’s looping cross.
At the other end, Steven Rigg didn’t get enough power from Scott Barrow’s corner to trouble home goalie Mitch Walker.
Brundle then swept Jai Reason’s clever set piece goalwards from 20-yards, but Pears once again thwarted Dover’s skipper.
A brave block from Lokko stopped Tinkler’s goalbound effort and Walker punched out Thomson’s driven pass from the byline as Athletic held onto their narrow lead
Following the restart, Olley beat two players before sending a scorching shot inches wide of Walker’s post.
Rigg then suffered the same fate, collecting the ball, but slotting wide of the mark.
Barrow took aim with half-time looming, but teammate Rigg was in the way of the left-back’s effort.
Bobby-Joe Taylor then almost made an immediate impact.
After the referee waved away Reason’s penalty claims, the substitute sent a stinging shot which Pears initially spilled, before grabbing the ball ahead of the onrushing Allen.
It was the visitors who mustered an unlikely equaliser on 78 minutes through Fraser Kerr.
The centre-back rose highest to nod in Barrow’s pin point cross into the far corner of Walker’s net.
And Ben Clark’s men almost had the lead from Scott Doe’s weak backpass, Tinkler’s final shot deflected wide.
Barrow then flashed a right-footed shot just wide of the mark as the away side pushed for a win.
And the winner duly arrived thanks to Olley’s finish following a swift counter-attack to leave Whites in 19th on the National League ladder, just three points above the drop zone having played more matches than the sides below them.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler kept with the same side that started away at Havant & Waterlooville last week. Anthony Jeffrey returned from injury to take his place amongst the substitutes.
Whites next host Harrogate Town in the National League on Saturday 9th February, kick off 3pm.
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Nine-man Dover bravely held on for a point against Kent rivals Bromley at Crabble on Saturday.
Kevin Lokko headed Andy Hessenthaler’s men ahead in the first half, before Adam Mekki restored parity nine minutes later.
Both Lokko and Bedsente Gomis were both sent off just after the hour mark following a fracas in the Bromley penalty area, though Athletic held until the final whistle, including ten minutes of injury time, to stay unbeaten in the National League in 2019.
Earlier, Inih Effiong evaded the offside trap from Gomis’ lofted pass, only for David Gregory to palm the striker’s curling effort into the air with defender Marc-Anthony Okoye on hand the clear before the ball could bounce over the line.
The visiting keeper was then called into action twice in quick succession, firstly pushing Joshua Debayo’s shot after the left-back’s burst into the box, then patting down Jai Reason’s 25-yarder.
Bromley were then centimetres from taking the lead.
George Porter collected Frankie Sutherland’s through ball and smacked the inside of the post from the edge of the box.
Gregory spilled Nortei Nortey’s drilled effort, however was able to clasp onto the loose ball before the onrushing Jamie Allen could score.
But Whites were ahead on 30 minutes thanks to Lokko’s fifth goal of the season.
The defender, who was yet to score since Dover’s 2-0 home win against Maidenhead in November, powerfully headed in Mitch Brundle’s accurate free-kick.
But the away side were level just nine minutes later with a goal from a former Dover player.
Frankie Raymond’s free-kick found it’s way to Mekki via the glove of Mitch Walker and the winger volleyed home.
Gregory grabbed Effiong’s low shot and following the restart, penalty cries for a handball against Dover after Stuart Lewis’ sliced clearance were waved away by the referee.
It was Athletic’s turn to strike the woodwork next.
Lokko headed a deep corner towards Effiong, but the striker’s thunderous shot struck the underside of the crossbar and down onto the goalline.
The game then changed when Dover were reduced to nine men.
Following a fracas in the Bromley penalty, including Jack Holland going to ground following an off the ball incident, both Gomis and Lokko were given their marching orders.
Mekki almost made the two-man advantage count, thrashing across the face of goal and then was unable to make any contact on sub Omar Bugiel’s cross.
And Bromley’s scorer then contrived to miss twice more, firstly seeing his close range shot blocked by Mitch Brundle on the line before blazing over the rebound.
Walker came to the rescue as the clock moved into ten minutes of injury time, tipping away Richard Brindley’s low drive.
However Athletic resolutely held on to make it five league matches undefeated.
Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes from the home defeat to Harrogate Town in the FA Trophy last week. Scott Doe returned after being cup-tied, while Gomis, Lokko and Jai Reason also started. Alfie Pavey, Moussa Diarra and Anthony Jeffrey began as substitutes.
Whites next travel to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 26th January in the National League, kick off 3pm.
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Whites were knocked out of the Buildbase Trophy second round at Crabble on Saturday afternoon by their Yorkshire opponents.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men had taken an early lead through Inih Effiong, though Jack Muldoon equalised just minutes later.
Harrogate’s top scorer grabbed a second half winner to end Dover’s six-game unbeaten run at home.
Earlier, Josh Falkingham and Lloyd Kerry tested Mitch Walker early on with 25-yard efforts.
Dover’s stopper then had to face a free shot from 12 yards when Joe Bedford tripped Mark Beck in the area.
Town’s big striker was unable to convert his spot-kick, with Mitch Walker saving with his legs.
Instead it was Athletic’s in-form striker who gave Whites the lead on 13 minutes.
Effiong controlled Anthony Jeffrey’s volley with his chest and unleashed a volley past a statuesque James Belshaw in the visiting net.
However Harrogate were level just two minutes later thanks to their own top scorer.
Muldoon slotted Callum Howe’s knock-down past Walker to restore instant parity.
Dover almost retook the lead when Moussa Diarra headed over Mitch Brundle’s looping cross.
Any claims for a foul against Stuart Lewis in the penalty area were waved away and Effiong placed an effort straight down Belshaw’s throat.
Joshua Debayo flashed a free-kick just wide of the mark and at the other end Beck somehow mis-directed his header from Muldoon’s pinpoint cross.
The away team then created their best chance of the half so far, with Ryan Hallowfield crossing for the onrushing Muldoon, but the visiting striker somehow missed the target from a few yards out.
Brundle’s last-ditch defensive header denied Beck from close range but Simon Weaver’s men converted their next chance on 63 minutes.
Muldoon nipped in ahead of his marker to fire home his second of the afternoon from George Thomson’s cross at Walker’s near post.
It was almost 3-1 to the visitors, but Walker bravely blocked Liam Kitching’s close-range shot and Dover’s keeper dived onto Thomson’s curling effort.
The Yorkshire side continued to create and Kitching volleyed over when well placed at a corner.
Earlier,Andy Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started at Havant in the FA Trophy first round in midweek. Mitch Walker and Inih Effiong replaced Lee Worgan and Kadell Daniel.
Whites next host Bromley in the National League on Saturday 19th January. Kick off 3pm
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