Aldershot Town v Dover Athletic

7:45 pm

Aldershot Town v Dover Athletic

A DEBUT brace from Adam May saw Whites remain at the bottom of the National League table.

The Portsmouth loanee scored in each half as Chris Kinnear’s men suffered back-to-back defeats.

Midfielder May almost had a dream start for his new club, hitting the bar from close range from Dominic Bernard’s cross with less than a minute gone.

But the 22-year old didn’t have long to wait for his first Shots goal.

The loan signing fired in Bernard’s accurate pass to put the home side ahead on 18 minutes.

Jamie Allen couldn’t beat home keeper Jake Cole from an angle, while the stopper was well placed to hold on to Tobi Sho-Silva’s low drive.

Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong cut inside and fired narrowly wide as the hosts pushed to double their lead.

Following the restart, Berkeley-Agyepong found May in space, but Mitch Walker was out quickly to deny the player.

But a goal on the counter-attack midfielder May grabbed his second for his new side on 66 minutes.

Berkeley-Agyepong broke clear and found the midfielder who tapped in at the back post.

Sub Nortei Nortey could not beat Cole from distance as Dover were unable to find a way back into the match and extended their winless run to eight matches.

Earlier, Chris Kinnear made four changes to the side that started against Solihull last week.  Aryan Tajbakhsh returned from suspension to replace Nortey Nortei, Josh Passley and Jamie Allen came back from injury for Ejiro Okosieme and Anthony Jeffrey, while new loan signing Bradley Barry replaced Kadell Daniel.

Dover next travel to Sutton on Tuesday 25th September, kick-off 7:45 pm

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Aldershot Town v Dover Athletic

DOVER rose into first place on the National League ladder with a 2-0 win at Aldershot on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

A header from Giancarlo Gallifuoco and a wonderful solo goal from substitute Kadell Daniel saw Athletic win at the EBB Stadium for the first time.

The home side started brightly and Connor Essam had to be alert to cut out Jim Kellerman’s early cross.

The midfielder would have then been clear on goal from Matt McClure’s clever pass, but the ball eluded his outstretched leg.

The pressure continued and Mitch Brundle was brave in blocking Jake Gallagher’s first time shot from Scott Rendell’s lay-off.

The match’s first effort on target came via Manny Parry for the visitors, but his header from Gallifuoco’s cross lacked the power needed to beat Jake Cole.

But Dover did beat the home keeper in the 35th minute.

A short corner from Brundle found Nortei Nortey and the midfielder’s floated ball into the area was powered home by Australian Gallifuoco.

McClure cut in and fired at Mitch Walker from an angle and Jamie Allen produced a similar effort at the other end as half-time loomed.

Dover started strongly following the break, Allen fired over after controlling Brundle’s cross-field pass and the Whites skipper then sent Josh Passley clear, but the right-back miscontrolled the ball.

Mitch Walker produced a stunning save to prevent James Rowe from finding the top corner and that save proved crucial as the visitors doubled their lead on 65 minutes.

Daniel, who had entered the fray four minutes earlier, picked the ball up on the half-way line and ran towards the box before firing a low left-footed effort across Cole and into the net.

The winger then stung the palms of the home stopper with a fierce angled drive.

Sub Fabien Robert was found in space by a smart threaded pass, but Walker was out quickly to block his effort.

The visiting stopper also caught McClure’s late effort as Whites held on to record back-to-back victories.

Earlier, Kinnear named the same side that started last Saturday’s match at Tranmere Rovers. Chris Lewington replaced Aziz Deen-Conteh on the bench.

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Aldershot Town v Dover Athletic FC

A LATE Aldershot penalty dented Dover’s playoff aspirations at the EBB Stadium on Monday.

Matt McClure’s 73rd-minute spot kick saw the Shots replace Whites in fifth spot, but boss Chris Kinnear’s men are only one place and one point behind their promotion rivals and with a game in hand.

The visitors made a lively start and Ricky Miller beat the offside trap following a ball over the top, but the lack of a lineman’s flag seemed to catch the striker off guard, allowing the home defence to track back and block his effort.

Ricky Modeste then took aim from the edge of the box, but his arrowed effort flew just wide of goalkeeper Jake Cole’s left-hand post.

The home side fashioned their first chance when Scott Rendell escaped down the right, but his pass was unable to find a team-mate.

Aldershot began to dominate possession, but Dover’s stubborn rearguard restricted them to long-range strikes, with Cheye Alexander, Nick Arnold and Bernard Menshah all blazing over Mitch Walker’s goal.

But Dover’s stopper was forced into action midway through the first half, palming behind Rendell’s audacious effort from the byline.

Then it was the turn of visitors to register their first effort on target.  Joe Healy’s set-piece was met by the head of Connor Essam, however, Will Evans was on the line to clear the danger.

Evans, Shamir Fenelon and Callum Reynolds were all thwarted by Walker after the break as Aldershot peppered the Dover goal with shots on target.

The keeper could only watch though as Nick Arnold’s cross struck the post’

Second half substitute Idris Kanu was booked for simulation minutes later following Essam’s attempt to challenge the youngster in the area.

But the burly centre back’s relief was short-lived as referee Neil Hair pointed to the spot after he fouled Jake Gallagher with a mistimed tackle in the area following a clever pass from Fenelon.

Sub McClure smashed the resulting spot-kick down the middle and out of reach of a diving Walker.

Essam almost made amends at the other end but headed sub Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick straight at Cole.

Walker was then almost left red-faced at the other end after he failed to hold onto Anthony Straker’s fierce strike but was able to grab the ball at the second attempt before it crossed the line.

Former West Ham youngster Kanu received his marching orders late on for a rash tackle on Chris Kinnear Jr and Athletic almost made the extra man advantage count.

With time running out, Aswad Thomas bravely headed a corner wide and Ross Lafayette nodded Walker’s long kick straight at the keeper.

Amazingly there was still one more chance for Whites to snatch a point at the death.

Miller created space for himself in the box, but his effort was blocked.  The rebound fell to Kinnear Jr with the goal at his mercy, but the midfielder scuffed the ball wide.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made one change to the team that beat Southport 3-0 on Good Friday, Thomas replacing Moses Emmanuel, who dropped to the bench.

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