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 at 7.45pm.
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