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Dover 1 Town 2

12 January 2019

Match Reports

Dover 1 Town 2

12 January 2019

Town returned to winning ways in the FA Trophy and ended their five match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Dover at Crabble.

Jack Muldoon's 11th and 12th goals of the season ensured Town recovered from falling behind to Inih Effiong's opener and booked their place in the FA Trophy Third Round for a second successive year.

Simon Weaver made two changes from last weekend's defeat at Sutton as Liam Kitching and Muldoon returned to the side in place of Kelvin Langmead and Joe Leesley.

Town started the better of the sides, with midfielders Josh Falkingham and Lloyd Kerry both forcing Mitch Walker into making a save within the opening five minutes.

The visitors were then awarded a penalty as Mark Beck was brought down from behind having received the ball from Jack Emmett in a dangerous area.

Beck stepped up to take the kick, but couldn't beat Walker, who denied the striker's central shot with his feet.

Town were made to make the missed kick pay just six minutes later as, after Beck had headed clear Anthony Jeffrey's corner, Effiong rifled into the back of the net.

The hosts lead lasted just three minutes though as Callum Howe headed George Thomson's free kick into the path of Muldoon, who swept his 11th goal of the season into the bottom right corner. ​

The early flurry of chances did ease off slightly as the half went on, with Town's back four holding firm under a first spell of Dover pressure.

Town were close to applying the final touch to flowing moves on a couple of occasions, though found the final ball evaded them.

Dover had a chance to re-take the lead with three minutes left of the half as the lively Anthony Jeffrey sent a low pass into the path of Effiong, who couldn't replicate his earlier finish and rolled low into the path of James Belshaw.

Town continued their dominance into the second 45, with Kerry forcing saves from Walker in the opening exchanges of the half.

The Town midfielder will feel he should have put Town ahead in the 56th minute as he met Ryan Fallowfield's low cross at the back post, but couldn't hit the tagret.​

Weaver's side eventually got themselves ahead in the 64th minute when good work from Kerry got the ball to Thomson on the right wing, whose cross was turned in at the near post by Muldoon.

Town continued to threaten, even when in the lead, and ensured there would be no repeat of the previous five games where a late goal had gone against them with an assured display against a Dover side who had lost just one in 11 before the match.

Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Falkingham, Howe, Burrell, Thomson, Emmett (Woods 88), Beck, Kerry, Muldoon (Knowles 79), Kitching 

Subs not used: Cracknell, Langmead, Williams

Goals: Muldoon 15, 64

Booked: Falkingham

Dover Athletic: Walker, Diarra, Jeffrey, Brundle, Allen (Reason 70), Effiong, Pavey, Bedford (Passley 45), Nortey, Lewis, Debayo (Lokko 70)

Subs not used: Sho-Silva, Daniel

Goals: Effiong 12

Referee: P Howard

Attendance: 463

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