Whites fall to defeat at Huish Park.
It was a tough ask for Mitch Brundle and his boys as the Whites travelled to high flying Yeovil Town in a bid to get some much needed points on the board, but what they found in front of them was arguably the champions elect.
Dover made a cracking start to the match and were probing the hosts, first with a fine driving run from Anifowose, who was unable to find the killer pass. Then there was a half chance for Zidan, who cut inside his man on the edge of the penalty area and when it looked like he was going to pull the trigger, took an extra touch and the moment had passed.
Billy Terrell was called into action in the early stages but looked to keep Yeovil at bay. In the 21st minute, a freak accident left Peter Ojemen flat on the turf as he spun and fell to the floor, hitting his head and knocking himself unconscious. Peter was taken away in an ambulance and we can say he is fine now. Get well soon, Peter. The 11 minute stoppage seemed to knock the wind out of Dover’s sails as after the restart it was just wave after wave of home attack but the visitors managed to hold out at the interval.
Manager Brundle was pleased with the efforts of his charges but urged them to do more when in possession, which wasn’t very often by the way. Yeovil Town kept the ball beautifully as they bopped it around the park. The Whites chased and harried but eventually, despite Terrell making a number of crucial (and at times breath-taking) saves, the Glovers finally found the net in the 58th minute through Cox after a scramble in the six yard box.
It had been coming for the home side but Dover battled on again, looking to spring a counter attack to get back in the match. This left gaps in our armoury which Yeovil exploited again in the 77th minute through that man Cox again, his second of the day. Paris Lock had looked the most likely to make anything happen for the Whites who ultimately came up against one of if not THE best team in the division. The win gave the Glovers their 13th straight win, a new club record, so getting a result was always going to be tough.
We need to make sure we are at the races against Maidstone, and that we are better than we were today.- Mitch Brundle
The referee signalled an end to a tough match which didn’t go without its problems for Dover. Ojemen will now begin a period on the side lines and James Dunne was booked meaning an upcoming suspension. The defeat at Huish Park will not define our season, in fact the rear guard gave a fantastic account of themselves. What is to come over the next four weeks however, will.
Dover Athletic: Terrell, Oyenuga, Ojemen, Christie, Mensah, Lock, Zidan, Dunne, Young, Anifowose, Dembele
Subs: Baptiste, Powell, Stewart, Naylor, Hatcher
Yeovil Town: Day, Williams, Whittle, Wannell, Worthington, Hyde, Lo-Everton, Cox, Young, Dawes, Smith
Subs: Maguire-Drew, Nouble, Murphy, Bell, Owers