*BS*Ben Hunt wheels away in celebration after netting an injury time equaliser against Staines on Saturday. The substitute striker headed in a deep cross by Luke I’Anson to snatch a point.*BF*
The former Bristol Rovers forward made an immediate impact on his full debut, running onto a through ball towards goal before being fouled by Darty Brown on the edge of the penalty area, earning the Staines defender a red card.
Kevin Harris reports on doverathletic.com: “The one-man advantage ended up lasting less than a minute. After Jon Wallis’ free kick had been charged down by former-White Gareth Risbridger, he fed Richard Butler who went racing up the field.
“Joe Tabiri had been booked for a late challenge on Simon Jackson after a mere four minutes, and the referee had no option but to shown him his second yellow card after another late foul, and level the numbers at 10 men each.”
Staines forward Richard Butler was a nuisance for the Dover defence throughout the match, often dropping into the hole between midfield and attack to collect the ball and slow the game down. His tendency to go to ground all too easily blemished an otherwise excellent performance.
Kevin Harris reports: “With 20 minutes played, the Swans took the lead. Marc Charles-Smith was played in on goal, and prodded the ball past Ross Flitney. Olly Schulz scrambled back to clear off the line, but Richard Butler was on hand to tap into the net from close range.”
Despite a disjointed performance by Dover, it was the home side which created the more clear cut opportunities. Olly Schulz struck the post from three yards just before half time and Adam Birchall was twice denied by Louis Wells, outstanding in the Staines goal.
*Lpic1*Wells was at last beaten, however, in the dying minutes and Whites’ supporters breathed a sigh of relief.
Unbeaten after three games, Martin Hayes’ new side may have stuttered somewhat on Saturday but should take heart from their ability to grind out points going into Tuesday’s Kent derby at Ebbsfleet.
*BS*Ebbsfleet United vs Dover Athletic*BF*
Stonebridge Road – Tuesday 24 August at 7.45pm