Sutton United v Dover Athletic

Inih Effiong’s second-half stunner saw Whites win in sweltering conditions on Saturday afternoon.

The striker lobbed over home stopper Jamie Butler as Dover registered their fifth consecutive victory in the National League, dating back to April.

Jamie Collins’ fierce free-kick on the stroke of half-time had cancelled out Ricky Modeste’s early opener as Athletic moved up a place to sixth on the league ladder.

David Ajiboye lashed over early on following a cross from the Sutton left.

The home side were made to rue their early missed chance when Modeste fired Dover ahead after 10 minutes.

Athletic’s winger beat the Sutton defence to Jai Reason’s free-kick to prod the ball into the top corner.

Steven Rigg stabbed Josh Passley’s pass into the side-netting and Kevin Lokko headed Reason’s corner into the arms of home keeper Butler as the visitors went in search of a second.

Away goalie Lee Worgan dived low to stop Harry Beautyman drilling in an equaliser after the Dover defence failed to clear a ball into the area.

Omar Bugiel directed his header straight at Worgan and at the other end Jason Goodliffe’s weak back header let in Effiong, only for Butler to spread himself in front of Athletic’s striker to stop the ball going in.

Sutton top scorer Beautyman looked to add to his tally of three league goals this season, heading off target and then firing a deflected effort wide of the mark.

Butler then pulled off a stunning save to tip over Effiong’s fierce volley and his opposite goalkeeper Worgan was equally impressive, palming away Ajiboye’s curling effort.

Rigg rose highest to meet Modeste’s corner, only to see the ball land on the roof of the net once the frontman got back to his feet.

However, Sutton levelled on the stroke of half-time as Jamie Collins fired a free-kick into the top corner from just outside the area.

With the restart barely minutes old, Whites went ahead thanks to Effiong’s third goal in as many games.

After Worgan somehow saved from Beautyman following pinball in the Dover penalty area, Effiong hooked the ball over a stunned Butler and into the top corner having been too strong for right-back Dale Bennett.

Parity was almost restored as Rob Milsom’s swirling free-kick flashed past Worgan and his crossbar.

Effiong blasted into the side-netting and with five minutes remaining, forced Butler into a flying save after latching onto sub Alfie Pavey’s through ball.

Effiong nearly sealed the win late on, but Dover held on to move up to sixth on the ladder.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that started against Torquay last week. Cumberbatch, Modeste, Michael Woods and Josh Passley came in for Oscar Gobern, Pavey, Jack Munns and the injured Bobby-Joe Taylor.

Whites next host Woking on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August, kick-off 3 pm.

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Sutton United v Dover Athletic

A LATE goal from Tim Schmoll saw ten-man Whites came back from two goals down to draw at Sutton United.

Schmoll headed in off the crossbar three minutes from time after home keeper Jamie Butler had parried sub Kadell Daniel’s volley.

Sutton had raced into a two-goal lead within 20 minutes, though Mitch Brundle pulled one back before the break from the penalty spot.

Aryan Tajbakhsh was shown a red card with ten minutes remaining, but Chris Kinnear’s men fought back to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

It was the worst possible for the visitors after two minutes.

Tommy Wright broke clear and though keeper Mitch Walker was able to parry his strike, the rebound fell for Craig Eastmond to gleefully tap in.

And the lead was doubled as the hosts deservedly went two goals up on 17 minutes.

A corner from the right was met firmly by the head of Nicky Bailey who planted the ball powerfully into the corner.

Josh Passley headed over George Smith’s well-placed header and at the other end, Bailey’s swirling set piece bounced narrowly wide.

However, Dover were handed a lifeline ten minutes before half-time.

Mitch Brundle’s shot was handled by Eastmond in the area, leaving Dover’s skipper to send Sutton keeper Jamie Butler the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Inih Effiong fired wide on the turn and George Smith volleyed straight down the throat of Butler.

Following the restart, Walker was across his line quickly to turn away Bailey’s free-kick.

And Walker was needed once more to thwart the same player, this time acrobatically saving the midfielder’s pile-driver

Sub Tobi Sho-Silva then went even closer to scoring.

The striker’s overhead kick crashed onto the bar with Butler rooted to the spot.

Charlie Clough volleyed wide for United and Dover’s task was made more difficult when Aryan Tajbakhsh was shown a straight red card.

The midfielder was given his marching orders following a strong challenge on Bailey.

But the ten men of Dover were able to find a late equaliser.

Sub Kadell Daniel’s volley was parried upwards by Butler, but the lurking Schmoll was there to head in off the bar to send the travelling fans wild.

Earlier, Chris Kinnear made three changes to the side that lost at Aldershot on Saturday.  Dave Smith, Inih Effiong and Ejiro Okosieme replaced Jamie Allen, Tobi Sho-Silva and Bradley Barry.

Whites next host Barrow on Saturday 29th September, kick-off 3 pm.

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Sutton United v Dover Athletic

MANNY Parry scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to grab a point for Athletic in an exciting encounter at the Knight’s Community Stadium on Tuesday night.

The defender reacted quickest in the box to fire home after Connor Essam had headed sub Kane Richards’ deep cross back into the goalmouth.

Chris Kinnear’s men had taken a first-half lead through Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s smart turn and shot, but two stunning strikes from Tommy Wright and Keiron Cadogan after the break put the hosts in front until Parry struck.

The visitors started brightly with Ryan Bird heading Josh Passley’s pin-point cross wide and Paul Lewis firing past the post via a deflection.

Home keeper Jamie Butler was out quickly to block Jamie Allen after the forward found himself in space, with Bird’s follow-up cleared off the line.

The stopper then acrobatically tipped away Femi Ilesanmi’s header as Whites continued to press.

And that pressure paid off as Gallifuoco struck on 36 minutes.

The Australian controlled Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick, before swivelling and firing past a helpless Butler to grab his third of the season.

Mitch Walker had to tip over United’s first shot on target – a set-piece from Simon Walton just before half-time.

Following the restart, Gallifuoco drove forward and tested Butler with a low drive and Sutton manager Paul Doswell introduced striker Wright from the bench on 68 minutes.

And the substitute made an immediate impact, arrowing a volley into the top corner from the edge of the box two minutes after entering the action.

Ross Lafayette tested Walker moments later with a stinging drive, but the host’s turnaround was complete on 80 minutes.

Cadogan’s 20-yard volley flew through a crowded area and flashed past Walker before the Dover stopper could react.

But Parry had the final say as Whites dropped one place in the table, a point behind new leaders Macclesfield Town.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made one change to the side that beat Solihull Moors on Saturday.  Allen started in place of Kadell Daniel, who started as a substitute.

Athletic’s next league match sees them travel to Torquay United on Saturday 7th October. Kick off 3 pm.

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Sutton United v Dover Athletic FC

WHITES HIT SUTTON FOR SIX

Forwards give striker masterclass in rout.

DOVER rose into the playoff places in spectacular fashion after a sumptuous footballing display at Gander Green Lane. Ricky Miller, Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette were on the scoresheet as Dover recorded a comfortable victory against ten-man Sutton United.

Whites remained unchanged from Saturday’s abandoned match at Macclesfield. For the home side, Kevin Amankwaah, Simon Downer, Nicky Bailey, Craig Eastmond, Roarie Deacon and Maxime Biamou all dropped out from their win over Aldershot, presumably with the FA Cup second round clash with Cheltenham in mind. Dean Beckwith, Herson Alves, Ben Jefford, Adam May, Craig Dundas and Craig Mcallister all started instead.

Ricky Miller had Whites off to the perfect start with a bullet header from a deep cross from Sam Magri. Initially, it looked like the ball would evade everyone, but the league’s top scorer used his predatory instincts to bag his 20th of the campaign.

Sutton went for an instant reply and an almighty scramble from a corner almost resulted in an equaliser. Steve Arnold somehow blocked the ball before any attackers could flick the ball in. Dover’s defence then cleared the danger.

Sutton were down to ten men on 23 minutes as Dean Beckwith was given his marching orders for a deliberate elbow as he challenged for the ball in White’s area.

Emmanuel found himself one on one with the keeper but his drive from an angle was well blocked,

Arnold did well to preserve Dover’s lead with a smart save to push Dundas volley around the post.

Emmanuel doubled the away lead on 33 minutes, collecting Richard Orlu’s header to race clear and cooly slot home.

It was three to the good moments later. Sutton, unable to cope with Miller’s strength, only cleared the ball to Lafayette who volleyed home.

Arnold then made a smart double stop to deny Dundas and Martin, before Emmanuel made the game safe, beating the offside trap and slotting home.

It was a hat trick for Moses on 53, as he beat both defender and keeper in a race for the ball and deftly finished from outside corner of the box.

He almost had a fourth, but Worner brilliantly blocked his fierce shot from inside the area.

It was six on 73 minutes, Miller leaving the right back for dead before cutting inside and smashing low past the keeper.

Dover’s biggest win of the season sees them leapfrog Dagenham and Redbridge into fifth, who ironically Athletic face on Saturday at Crabble in a 3 pm kick off.

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