Dover’s fourth pre-season game ended in stalemate at the BuildKent Stadium on Saturday,
Manager Andy Hessenthaler continued to make changes to his starting line-up as he continues to give everyone minutes before the start of the National League season.
Hessenthaler’s side went close to opening the scoring in the 10th minute after Jack Munns rattled the bar with a free-kick.
The hosts replied with Kieron McCann’s header going wide.
Josh Passley was in the right place at the right time to clear Scott Heard’s shot off the line before Paul Rooney headed just over from a corner.
Dover made three changes at half-time with Steven Rigg and two trialists replacing Bilel Hinchiri, Akheem Rose and Louis Collins.
Rigg tried his luck from distance land his effort went just over the bar.
The striker went close once again with just over 15 minutes to go, seeing his effort from substitute Marshall Wratten’s cross go over the bar.
RICKY Modeste’s winner nine minutes from times saw Dover beat their local neighbours in an entertaining friendly on Saturday afternoon.
Athletic’s winger sprinted onto Inih Effiong’s pass and slotted home after rounding home keeper Tim Roberts to ensure Andy Hessenthaler’s side registered back-to-back friendly wins.
Kevin Lokko’s header cancelled out Jerson Dos Santos’ opener for the host and Inih Effiong had given Dover the lead after the break.
But Callum Davies had seemingly rescued a draw for Invicta, only for Grenadian international Modeste to grab a later winner.
The home side nearly had the lead on two minutes when Dos Santos fired goalwards after rounding visiting stopper Yusuf Mersin, Lokko, sporting the armband for the first time, was on hand to clear the ball off the line.
Kieron McCann then fired wide for Folkestone and a former Athletic player then went even closer for the hosts.
Striker Ira Jackson fired towards the bottom corner, but Mersin punched away the initial effort and the Dover defence then blocked Jackson’s follow-up overhead kick.
Dover, sporting last season’s blue away strip, went close when Jack Munns struck low at home keeper Tim Roberts.
Alfie Pavey flung himself at Josh Passley’s cross and that miss was duly punished by the dangerous Do Santos on 18 minutes.
The striker picked the ball up 25-yards from goal and blasted past the outstretched arms of Mersin.
However, the lead only lasted three minutes thanks to Dover’s skipper.
After Roberts and tipped away Pavey’s header, Lokko rose above the Invicta defence to head in the resultant corner from Munns.
Mersin had to scramble to reach Johan Ter Horst’s angled effort and the Turkish stopper then tipped Finn O’Mara’s header over the crossbar for a corner.
O’Mara was then in the thick of the action at the other end, heading Scott Doe’s header from Reason’s free-kick off the line.
Pavey could only look up the sky after failing to put the visitors ahead shortly before the break.
The forward latched onto Michael Everitt’s poor back-pass but missed the target after taking the ball around Roberts.
Following the restart, Folkestone sub Alfie Paxman dragged a shot wide after Lokko’s last-ditch tackle on Ter Horst.
But Dover made no mistake with their first attack of the second half.
Oscar Gobern slipped in fellow sub Inih Effiong, who tucked the ball past Roberts into the bottom corner.
Bobby-Joe Taylor twice went close, firstly from a free-kick that Roberts tipped over, then crashed a right-footed shot inches wide.
De Havilland was unable to connect following good work from Nassim L’Ghoul and Oscar Gobern.
But Callum Davies had no problem with his header on 68 minutes.
The ex Dover loanee stooped to head in Scott Heard’s corner at the far post to level matters.
Hessenthaler’s men were not be denied victory as Modeste grabbed a late winnter.
Whites next travel to Beckenham Town on Tuesday 9th July, kick off 7:45 pm.
Dover First half XI: Mersin, Doe, Lokko,Trialist, Passley, Rooney, Munns, Cumberbatch, Reason, Pavey, Rigg.
Dover Second half XI: Worgan, Passley (Trialist 68), De Havilland, Lokko (Trialist 68), Taylor, Woods, Gobern, L’Ghoul, Modeste, Effiong, Trialist.
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WHITES battled back from a goal down at half-time to draw 1-1 at Folkestone Invicta in their third pre-season friendly of the campaign.
A triallist, one of six introduced after the restart, slotted the ball past the outstretched arm of substitute home keeper Nick Shaw to level matters after Johan Ter Horst had put the hosts ahead before the break.
Early on, Connor Essam volleyed over Kadell Daniel’s corner from six yards and Inih Effiong saw his close-range shot from Josh Passley’s cross blocked by Invicta stopper Tim Roberts.
But it was the hosts who went ahead on 24 minutes.
A mistimed tackle from defender Ejiro Okosieme allowed Kieron McCann to cross for the waiting Ter Horst to fire past a helpless Mitch Walker in the Athletic goal.
A similar error at the other end almost saw Effiong equalise, but the burly forward was unable to connect properly with the ball.
And Dover’s summer signing felt he should have been given a free shot on goal just before the restart.
Effiong burst through and appeared to be felled in the area, however, the referee thought otherwise and waved play-on, in spite of the visitor’s protests.
Boss Chris Kinnear made ten changes after the restart and two of the triallists almost made the breakthrough for Whites after Folkestone’s Ian Draycott blazed over substitute keeper Chris Lewington’s bar.
Firstly, one of the triallists saw his curling effort from the edge of the box tipped away by Roberts and Kinnear’s men went even closer to restoring parity on 77 minutes.
Another of the triallists turned smartly and fired on target, only to see his shot cleared away by the Folkestone defender back on goalline.
But in hot conditions, Dover were able to muster an equaliser a minute later to continue their unbeaten pre-season run.
Athletic next travel to Chelmsford City on Wednesday 18th July. Kick off 7:45pm.
Whites XI: Walker (Lewington 45), Triallist, Passley (Fazakerley 45), Essam (Adebowale 45), Lokko (Diarra 45), Okosieme (Triallist 45), Gomis (Triallist 45), Brundle (Triallist 45), Jeffrey (Triallist 45), Effiong (Triallist 45), Daniel (Triallist 45).
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DOVER proved too strong for their Bostik Premier League neighbours after winning Saturday’s friendly 5-1 at the Fullicks Stadium.
Tobi Sho-Silva netted a brace, with Kane Richards, Mitch Brundle and substitute Ryan Bird also on the scoresheet.
Athletic went close early on as Brundle struck the post with a low effort after winning the ball in midfield.
First to the rebound was Sho-Silva and the former Bromley man sent the ball back towards Dover’s captain, who headed straight at Folkestone keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens.
Invicta’s stopper had to be at his best minutes later, tipping away Sho-Silva’s drive after the striker had been put clean through by Mitch Pinnock.
Brundle’s resulting corner almost flew straight in, but Scott Heard was on hand at the back post to head off the line.
Another Pinnock pass saw Richards run clear of the home defence, but his delicate chip sailed harmlessly over.
The first goal came on 33 minutes. An error from Folkestone skipper Kwabena Osei saw the ball run into Sho-Silva’s path and the forward fired home his first goal for Dover via a slight deflection.
The lead was almost doubled prior to the break, Femi Ilesamni crossing towards a lurking Richards at the far post, but the winger aimed his header wide of the upright.
But the summer signing from Chester bagged his first for the club 15 minutes after the restart.
The pacy winger made no mistake from five yards, slotting home a cross at the near post.
Brundle then opened his own account for Dover in stunning style a minute later. The midfielder’s 20-yard chip from Bird’s lay-off sailed over a helpless Chalmers-Stevens and into the top corner.
Sho-Silva grabbed his second on 75 minutes, taking Brundle’s smart pass in his stride and calmly slotting into the bottom corner.
Invicta grabbed a late consolation when a cross from Salvin Kisitu went straight in with nine minutes remaining.
Bird had the last say though, latching onto a long ball and smashing home with the last kick of the match.
Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear had made three changes from Tuesday night’s defeat to Charlton.
Pinnock, George Essuman and a triallist came in for Jamie Allen, Connor Essam and Bird, who started on the bench.
Dover visit Tonbridge Angels on Monday (7.30pm) before hosting Welling on Tuesday (7.45pm).
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