Dover Athletic FC v Woking



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
22nd November 2016 7:45 pm National League 2016-2017 823 Ross Lafayette Lafayette (20, 46), Emmanuel (42) Ugwu (56)




Birthday boy Lafayette scores two as Dover beat Woking

DOVER made it five wins from six in the league with a comfortable 3-1 win over Woking.

Athletic made two changes. Lafayette, rested for the Guiseley game, replaced the suspended Ricky Miller and Aswad Thomas came in for Jack Parkinson, who in turn was amongst the substitutes. Woking unsurprisingly kept the same side that comprehensively beat Maidstone on Saturday for their first away win of the season.

The visitors pelted crosses into the Dover box from the off and one of those was almost converted by Chigozie Ugwu, but Jamie Grimes did enough to prevent him from making a solid connection.

Kieran Murtagh had a golden opportunity to open the scoring, but skied his effort well over from the edge of the area after a receiving a pass.

Moses Emmanuel had Dover’s first real opportunity on the quarter hour, blazing over from ten yards after latching onto Lafayette’s free kick.

Top scored Ricky Miller may not have been playing, but Whites showed they had no trouble finding the back of the net in his absence and in the 20th minute, Lafayette headed in from point-blank range following some great play and an accurate cross from Mitchell Pinnock on the left-hand touchline.

Skipper Grime’s weak backpass had Ugwu in search of his third in two games, but Steve Arnold was alert to clear the ball away in the nick of time.

Playmaker Fabio Saravai then stung the palms of Arnold with a swirling volley.

Murtagh should have done better when he collected a deep cross and shot from close range, but his effort was all wrong and cleared the bar.

Dover were far more clinical in front of goal than their visitors and Emmanuel prodded home a few minutes before the break after Lafayette miscontrolled Sam Magri’s pea roller of a shot.

Lafayette made it a birthday to remember as he scored his second after the restart, slotting in Grimes long raking free kick.

Woking had a route back into the match on 56 minutes, Ugwu accurately nodded Jake Caprice’s cross into the bottom corner.

Pinnock came desperately close to a fourth for Athletic, his superb control and shot forced Hall into a terrific diving save with Jim Stevenson’s shooting just wide.

Lafayette, on the hunt for a hat trick, was denied by a sprawling stop from Hall with Emmanuel unable to convert the rebound.

The comeback was almost on as Sub Delano Sam Yorke stabbed the ball wide after Arnold spilt a shot into his path.

But Whites kept their two-goal margin to record a third league win on the spin. They remain in 6th, one point off the playoffs, but have gained ground on leaders Forest Green who could only draw with Tranmere.




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Dover Athletic

18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender 42'
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c) 46'
6Richard Orlu Defender
16Tyrone Sterling Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender
21Sammy Moore 4 Midfielder
8Jim Stevenson Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 20'
17Moses Emmanuel 26 Forward 42'
25Ross Lafayette Forward 20', 46'
1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
4Chris Kinnear Jnr 21 Midfielder Moore 84'
19Ira Jackson Jnr Forward
23Jack Parkinson Defender
26Joe Healy 17 Midfielder Emmanuel 82'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear


18Brandon Hall Goalkeeper
2Jake Caprice Defender 56'
3Terell Thomas 6 Defender
5Brian Saah Defender
24Frazer Shaw 17 Defender
4Joey Jones Midfielder
8Keiran Murtagh Midfielder, (c)
12Charlie Carter 23 Midfielder
14Fabio Saraiva Midfielder
9Gozie Ugwu Forward 56'
21Chike Kandi Forward
6Ismail Yakubu 3 Defender Thomas 57'
13Andy Little Goalkeeper
16Dennon Lewis Forward
17Delano Sam-Yorke 24 Forward Shaw 63'
23Frankie Sutherland 12 Midfielder Carter 57'
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First Team Manager: Garry Hill

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