Dover Athletic v Eastbourne Borough



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
16th December 2017 3:00 pm The FA Trophy 2017-2018 424 Ryan Bird Pinnock (47), Bird (58), Alabi (88)



WHITES comfortably progressed into the next round of the FA Trophy thanks to three second-half goals at a freezing Crabble on Saturday.

Mitch Pinnock tapped in just after the break and further strikes from Ryan Bird and sub James Alabi saw Dover seal their place in Monday’s second round draw.

Skipper Mitch Brundle almost opened the scoring with a stunning volley, but his effort from Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s cross whistled past the post.

Anthony Jeffrey cut inside and shot after running onto Gallifuoco’s pass, but visiting keeper Mark Smith palmed away his vicious shot.

Visitors Borough almost stunned the home crowd midway through the first half. Shaun Okojie collected Lloyd Dawes pass and after turning past Manny Parry, dragged his effort narrowly wide of the far post.

And Jamie Howell’s men were made to pay for their missed opportunity as Whites broke the deadlock just after the restart.

Pinnock raced to the far post to convert Bird’s angled drive and the lead was almost doubled minutes later.

But Smith was on hand to claw out Gallifuoco’s goalbound header from a Pinnock corner.

However, Eastbourne’s stopper was powerless to prevent Bird from grabbing his 12th goal of the season in all competitions.

The keeper saved the striker’s header from Brundle’s flick, but the National League’s top scorer was first to react to the rebound, smashing into the back of the net to double Whites lead.

Keeper Smith then blocked Bird’s volley after the attacker latched onto Brundle’s lobbed assist and Nortei Nortey headed over Pinnock’s ball when well placed.

Sub Kadell Daniel showed great skill to twist and turn his man, but his pass across the area just evaded the outstretched legs of Pinnock.

However, victory was sealed in injury time thanks to a second goal of the season for Alabi.

The Tranmere loanee slotted in Femi Ilesanmi’s cross-cum-shot from close range.

Nortei almost added an extra layer of gloss to the scoreline in injury time, but his lob bounced on top of the net.

Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear kept faith with the side that started last weekend’s home win against Hartlepool.

Whites return to league action next week when they travel to Wrexham on Saturday 23rd December. Kick off 3 pm.



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Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
16Ejiro Okosieme 12 Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender 88'
8Private: Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 58'
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 47'
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward
17Ryan Bird 19 Forward 58'
7Kane Richards Forward
12Loui Fazakerley 16 Defender Okosieme 74'
19James Alabi 17 Forward Bird 81'
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 78'
27Aziz Deen-Conteh Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Eastbourne Borough

1Mark Smith Goalkeeper
2Will Hendon Defender
4Kane Wills Defender
5Ian Simpemba Defender, (c)
3Gavin McCallum Midfielder
6Kiran Khinda-John Defender
7Lloyd Dawes 14 Forward
8Simon Johnson Midfielder
11Jack Richards 16 Forward
10Harry Ransom 15 Forward
9Shaun Okojie Forward
12Ryan Worrall Midfielder
14Leon Redwood 7 Defender Dawes 81'
15Charlie Harris 10 Midfielder Ransom 72'
16Yemi Odubade 11 Forward Richards 67'
17Matt Armstrong-Ford Midfielder

First Team Manager: Jamie Howell

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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Neil HareConor Farrell
David Harrison
Matthew Goldsmith


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

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