Dover Athletic FC v North Ferriby United



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
13th August 2016 3:00 pm National League 2016-2017 726 Ross Lafayette Emmanuel (34), Lafayette (75)




DOVER registered their first win of the season after beating National League newcomers North Ferriby United at Crabble on Saturday.

And it could have been by a much larger winning margin had it not been for an inspired performance by visiting goalkeeper Rory Watson.

Watson, on a season-long loan from Premier League Hull City, was under fire for most of the game and he responded brilliantly.

The 20-year-old made 16 saves to prevent his side from ending up on the wrong end of a second consecutive heavy loss after the 6-1 defeat at Lincoln on Tuesday.

While Watson played the leading role for the Yorkshire side, Ross Lafayette was doing likewise for Dover.

celebrated his first start for Dover in stunning fashion.

The former Eastleigh frontman celebrated his first start for Dover in stunning fashion, scoring once and making the other for Moses Emmanuel.

Lafayette, replacing the suspended Ricky Miller, curled home a spectacular second from 18 yards for boss Chris Kinnear’s side late in the second half.

And it was his run and cross which ended with Emmanuel putting Dover ahead from close range in the 34th minute.

Watson’s stunning performance between the posts was not lost on an impressed Kinnear.

He said: “I thought he was absolutely unbelievable – you could see he’s got a massive future ahead of him going on that sort of performance.

“We scored two but we could have won by many, many more, but the good thing is that we are creating chances and you would have problems if you are not.

“Saying that, we are more than pleased with the result and now we’ve got to keep the momentum going.”

Dover, hurting from Tuesday 4-1 loss at home to Boreham Wood, started with plenty of intent.

Watson saved from Jack Parkinson, Sam Magri, Ricky Modeste and Emmanuel before he was finally beaten.

Emmanuel rifled home Lafayette’s cross to open his account for the season.

The visitors almost produced an instant reply and it needed a magnificent fingertip save from Steve Arnold to keep out Danny Clarke’s long-range effort.

Dover kept asking the questions after half-time and the pressure was rewarded with Lafayette’s stunner.

Watson prevented Dover from going further ahead with quality saves from Emmanuel and substitute Tyrone Marsh right at the death.

Earlier, Kinnear made two changes to his starting line-up from Tuesday night.

Tyrone Sterling made his first appearance of the season in the defensive line in place of Richard Orlu while Lafayette came in for Miller following his sending off against Boreham Wood.

Whites head to Eastleigh on Tuesday.


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Dover Athletic

18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender
23Jack Parkinson Defender
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c)
16Tyrone Sterling Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender
4Chris Kinnear Jnr Midfielder
8Jim Stevenson Midfielder 47'
7Ricky Modeste 11 Midfielder 75'
17Moses Emmanuel 10 Forward 34'
25Ross Lafayette Forward 75'
6Richard Orlu Defender
10Tyrone Marsh 17 Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock 7 Forward Modeste 83'
12Loui Fazakerley Defender
19Ira Jackson Jnr Forward
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

North Ferriby United

1Rory Watson Goalkeeper 52'
2Sam Topliss Defender
24Liam Slade Defender
5Mark Gray Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Connor Oliver Midfielder
11Simon Russell Midfielder
6Danny Emerton 10 Midfielder
7Danny Clarke Forward, (c) 55'
8Curtis Bateson Forward
9Conner Robinson 21 Midfielder
10Ryan Kendall 6 Forward Emerton 62'
14Ryan Fallowfield Defender
20Jake Skelton Defender
21Vinny Mukendi 9 Forward Robinson 75'
22Alfons Fosu-Mensah Forward
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First Team Manager: Steve Housham

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Paul Yates
Peter Cruise


Crabble Athletic Ground
40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK

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