Dover Athletic v Bromley



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
26th December 2019 3:00 pm National League 2019-2020 1,210 Ricky Modeste Modeste (24), De Havilland (29) Effiong (75)



Whites’ fans were given a belated Christmas present as Andy Hessenthaler’s men convincingly beat National League title challengers Bromley at Crabble on Boxing Day.

In soaking conditions, Ricky Modeste and Will De Havilland had Dover two goals ahead at the break, with Inih Effiong adding gloss to the scoreline with a cool finish in the second half.

The victory ended a winless league run of four matches for Dover as Athletic moved up four places to 12th in the table.

Earlier, Michael Woods’ sliding pass found Modeste well-placed at the back post, however Athletic’s winger scuffed wide.

Effiong was then denied by Ryan Huddart.

Whites’ striker was played in by Modeste, but Bromley’s goalie saved well with his legs.

Oscar Gobern, making his first appearance since the 4-3 home loss to Maidenhead in November, sprinted onto Bobby-Joe Taylor’s corner, but placed his back-post header wide of the mark.

Luke Coulson then curled Adam Mekki’s cross over.

Dover then took the lead in comical circumstances.

Gobern released Woods and the midfielder rolled the ball towards goal, however the ball stopped just before the goal line.

Thankfully for the hosts, Modeste was quickest to react, sliding home his fifth goal of the season.

Athletic then looked to set to end a run of three home league games without defeat by doubling their lead.

De Havilland headed Taylor’s corner into the net off the unfortunate Sam Wood on the goal line, with the Ravens defender unable to adjust his feet quickly enough.

Josh Passley then nearly had a heart-in-mouth moment when he directing a pass-back away from Worgan, but Athletic’s keeper scampered across his goalline line to rescue his teammate.

Huddart then plucked out Effiong’s header from Modeste’s pinpoint cross.

At Dover’s top scorer Effiong and Huddart would clash again moments later.

Both players went for a 50-50 challenge and with each man making contact, the ball spun away to a nearby Bromley defender.

Following the restart, Michael Cheek missed a golden chance to reduce the arrears.

The forward, currently on ten league goals for the campaign, look set to claim his 11th goal of the season, but completely miss-kicked when Ben Williamson’s ball landed at his feet.

Effiong then nearly scored a spectacular goal after running with the ball from his own half, but Huddart tipped his curling shot away for a corner.

The away side nearly found a way back into the game following a goalmouth scramble.

A corner from the left bounced around the penalty area, but substitute Josh Rees smashed the ball wide after at least two Dover players had cleared the ball off the line.

Dominant Dover then went close again as Jack Munns fired wide of the mark and at the other end, Worgan dived to palm away sub Andre Coker’s shot.

But the home team made the game save thanks to Effiong’s 11th goal of the season.

The burly forward dispossessed Jack Holland as Bromley’s captain tried to defend a long ball, before rounding Huddart and slotting into an empty net.

Sub Steven Rigg almost added a fourth when slotting wide from the edge of the box, but Whites’ held on to give their fans some much needed festive cheer in the biggest home win of the campaign so far.

Earlier, boss Hessenthaler made four changes to the side that started at Chorley on Saturday.   Munns, Taylor, Gobern and L’Ghoul came in for Jai Reason, Aaron Simpson, Paul Rooney and Anthony Jeffrey.

Whites next travel to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday 28th December, kick-off 3 pm.




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Dover Athletic

13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
6Will De Havilland Defender 29'
5Kevin Lokko Defender, (c) 21'
3Bobby-Joe Taylor Midfielder 29'
8Michael Woods Midfielder 24'
18Oscar Gobern 16 Midfielder
11Jack Munns 19 Midfielder
12Ricky Modeste Midfielder 24'
10Nassim L’Ghoul 21 Midfielder
9Inih Effiong Forward 75'
14Ade Yusuff Forward
16Paul Rooney 18 Defender 65 Gobern'
19Steven Rigg 11 Forward 78 Munns'
21Anthony Jeffrey 10 Forward 72 L’Ghoul'
26Aaron Simpson Defender
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23Ryan Huddart Goalkeeper
2Joe Kizzi Defender 86'
5Dave Winfield Defender
6Jack Holland Defender, (c)
3Private: Sam Wood Defender
7Luke Coulson 4 Midfielder
8Frankie Raymond 16 Defender
9Michael Cheek Forward
10Billy Bingham Midfielder 80'
11Adam Mekki 25 Midfielder 35'
18Ben Williamson Forward
4Jordan Higgs 7 Midfielder 75 Coulson'
15Michael Klass Midfielder
16Andre Coker 8 Midfielder 60 Raymond'
25Josh Rees 11 Midfielder 46 Mekki'
28Tarek Najia Goalkeeper
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First Team Manager: Neil Smith

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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Gary ParsonsChristoper Myatt
Shaun Farrer
Kirsty Dowie


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