Hartlepool United v Dover Athletic



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Away Scorers Red Cards
21st September 2019 3:00 pm National League 2019-2020 3,329 Steven Rigg Effiong (pen 37), Rigg (83) Donaldson (80), Featherstone (85) Both Hartlepool.



Goals from Inih Effiong and Steven Rigg handed Dover victory in hostile conditions against nine-man Hartlepool at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men were subjected to racial abuse by a small section of the home support after Effiong had fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.

Rigg sealed the win shortly after Ryan Donaldson and Nicky Featherstone were both red-carded for dissent.

And home manager Craig Hignett was also given his marching orders after his side were denied four separate penalty shouts.

The first shot of the match came from the hosts as their talisman Liam Noble sent a 25-yard set-piece sailing over the bar.

Aaron Simpson was on target with an effort from similar distance for Dover, but home keeper Ben Killip kept with ball out with a sprawling save.

Ricky Modeste then went close for Athletic, heading Jai Reason’s swirling corner off target.

The visitors did go ahead when Effiong netted from the penalty spot having himself been fouled in the area, however, there was trouble shortly after Dover’s striker had sent the ball into the top corner.

As visiting players celebrated, racist comments appeared to have been shouted from within the home support, causing outrage among both sets of players and resulting in at least one home fan being ejected from the stadium.

Play resumed 11 minutes later and following the restart Killip saved well from Effiong’s close-range effort, with the ball rebounding back off Dover’s striker and away from goal.

Visiting keeper Lee Worgan was called into action to divert Nicke Kabamba’s shot wide after the forward went clear on goal.

And the home team went even closer with their next attack.

Gime Toure waltzed past three defenders, only to dink his effort over Worgan and against the inside of the post with sub Bobby-Joe Taylor on hand to send the ball away to safety.

Peter Kioso then fired in a dangerous cross that was beaten by Worgan towards Luke James.  The substitute’s attempt was off target until Kabamba diverted the ball goalwards, however, Scott Doe was on hand to block the ball on the line.

But that was not the end of the drama as Doe’s clearance landed at Michael Raynes’ feet, but Doe threw himself in the way of the defender’s strike and though Rayne had a second attempt at scoring, it was Worgan’s turn to perform heroics as Dover’s goalkeeper somehow blocked the centre-back’s shot from point-blank range.

Effiong then hit the bar with a half-volley at the other end Donaldson was shown a red card after his side were denied a penalty after Kabamba went down in the area from Simpson’s challenge.

And Athletic made the extra man count by doubling their lead.

Effiong rolled the ball across goal for Rigg to tap in his first goal for Dover and Pool were reduced to nine men before the restart with substitute Featherstone given his marching orders, also for dissent.

Dover held on for their fifth away win in six matches and moved three places up to fifth on the National League ladder.

Earlier boss Hessenthaler made two changes to the side that started against Chorley last week.  Kurtis Cumberbatch returned from suspension, with Rigg also coming in for the injured duo of Jack Munns and Oscar Gobern.

Whites next travel to Maidenhead United on Tuesday 24th September, kick-off 7:45 pm.

(Photo Credit:  Mark Fletcher – Shutter press)



Hartlepool United

1Ben Killip Goalkeeper
2Peter Kioso Defender
4Michael Raynes Defender 18'
19Kenton Richardson 33 Defender 7'
20Aaron Cunningham Defender
3Mark Kitching Midfielder
7Ryan Donaldson Midfielder, (c) 80'
15Gus Mafuta Midfielder
16Liam Noble 8 Midfielder 28'
9Nicke Kabamba Forward
23Gime Toure Forward
8Nicky Featherstone 16 Midfielder 77 Noble'
11Josh Hawkes Midfielder
14Gavin Holohan Midfielder
28Jason Kennedy Midfielder
33Luke James 19 Forward 73 Richardson'
  2 3 2

Dover Athletic

13Lee Worgan Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley 3 Defender
4Scott Doe Defender
6Will De Havilland Defender
26Aaron Simpson Defender
15Kurtis Cumberbatch Midfielder
7Jai Reason Midfielder
8Michael Woods Midfielder, (c)
12Ricky Modeste Midfielder
19Steven Rigg 16 Forward 83'
9Inih Effiong Forward 37 pen'
1Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper
3Bobby-Joe Taylor 2 Midfielder 46 Passley'
5Kevin Lokko Defender
10Nassim L’Ghoul Midfielder
16Paul Rooney 19 Defender 87 Rigg'
  2 2 1 1
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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Joseph JohnsonJamie Rhodes
Martin Chester
Christopher Ellis


Victoria Park
Victoria Football Ground, Clarence Road, Hartlepool TS24 8BZ, United Kingdom