Dover’s perfect record away from home was ended on Saturday with defeat at Meadow Park on Saturday.
A double from Kabongo Tshibanga and a deflected finish from Tyrone Marsh handed the hosts a first home win of 2019.
Inih Effiong had earlier halved the deficit, firing in after his initial penalty was saved.
Marsh fired wide of the mark early on, but it wasn’t long before the home side were ahead.
Tshimanga fired in at the near post following good work out wide from Sorba Thomas.
Tshimanga continued to cause problems and saw his run and low shot well saved by away stopper Lee Worgan.
The lead was almost doubled when Thsimanga latched onto Kevin Lokko’s error to then play in strike partner Marsh, but before forward Marsh could strike the ball, Athletic’s captain was back to make a crucial interception.
Josh Passley struck the base of the post and Tshimanga was made no mistake with his second goal of the game.
The striker netted his sixth of the season, firing into the bottom corner after home keeper David Gregory’s free-kick was flicked on.
And Whites were back in the game when Inih Effiong was fouled in the area by Gregory having nearly taken the ball around the keeper.
Gregory almost made amends, diving low to save Effiong’s spot-kick, but the ball was pushed into the forward’s path to halve the deficit.
Thsimanga will only wonder how he didn’t go into half-time with a hat trick, latching onto Femi Ilesanmi’s pass, only for Worgan to get enough of a touch to stop the ball from crossing the line.
Marsh then stabbed Kieran Murtagh’s cross just past the wrong side of the post and Murtagh himself flashed a free-kick wide of the mark from 25-yards shortly after the restart.
Alfie Pavey went to tap home Passley’s ball into the area from Jai Reasons clever ball, only to see Gregory grab the ball off of his toes.
Worgan then dived onto Marsh’s shot from outside the area and was a spectator as Will De Havilland sliced wide of his own net from a counter-attack.
But Wood had their two-goal advantage when Marsh’s deflected shot looped in over a helpless Worgan.
Jamal Fyfield then ballooned over after being well set up by Marsh and at the other end, Nassim L’Ghoul blazed wide.
Worgan denied Tshimanga the match ball, palming behind the striker’s angled drive.
And Pavey almost grabbed a consolation, heading Lokko’s long throw into Gregory’s arms.
However, Dover slipped to their first away loss of the season, slipping a place to seventh on the National League table.
Boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that drew with Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night. Hinchiri and Pavey came in for Nassim L’Ghoul and the injured Steven Rigg.
Whites next host Chorley on Saturday 7th September, kick-off 3 pm.
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