DOVER WIN AT THE BELMONT

James Morrish forces the ball in the net
James Morrish forces the ball in the net

Whitstable Town 1 Dover Athletic 3

Pre Season Friendly

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Whitstable were in the end well beaten by Conference South, Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening at the Belmont.

The game started with Dover on the attack and their first opportunity came in the fifth minute when Tom Murphy fired straight at Matt Lamprell who made an easy save.  Whitstable had their first chance when a free kick from James Morrish was easily saved by ex

Peter Huggins goes for goal
Peter Huggins goes for goal

Whitstable keeper Lee Hook. Dover were back on the attack and after 22 minutes Harrington fired in a cross that was blocked at the near post. Then three minutes later Sam Akinde, brother of ex Whitstable player John, fired a shot that was cleared off the line by a Whitstable defender.  Then after 31 minutes Whitstable had a corner that was looped in. The ball was parried by Hook but fell to Morrish who forced the ball over the line to give the hosts the lead. Dover then attacked and Akinde after 38 minutes hooked the ball over the bar.  Whitstable then two minutes later have a free kick when Peter Huggens put the Dover defence under pressure but Hook saved well to prevent a second goal for the Town. A minute before the interval a piece of magic from Dean MacDonald who went through the Town on defence like “a knife through butter” weaving his way  towards goal unleashing a shot that found the back of the net to bring the scores level.

Town nearly force a second
Town nearly force a second

The early part of the second half lacked goal scoring opportunities until the 62nd minute when Murphy looped a header past Lamprell to give Dover the lead. After 70 minutes substitute Luke Watkins made two good saves in succession to deny Dover. The Conference South side were now taking control and it was no surprise when ex Ebbsfleet striker Nathan Elder shot past Watkins to extend their lead. There is one more effort after 85 minutes when Watkins under pressure spilled the ball  but Dover striker Michael Bakare could not capitalise and sent his shot straight at the Whitstable keeper.

The game then petered out and the final 3-1 result was a fair reflection of the game.