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Published: 17:44, 31 March 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
Dover Athletic suffered their third home defeat in a week - without scoring a goal in any of them - after a 2-0 defeat to Boreham Wood in front of just 575 fans at Crabble on Saturday.
Terry Dixon replaced James Walker and Michael Corcoran came in for George Purcell as manager Nicky Forster rang the changes, with Walker and Danny Green not even in the squad.
Corcoran sent a free-kick straight at Wood keeper Michael Jordan after Barry Cogan was held back while at the other end Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz tipped a long-distance shot from Mauro Vilhete around the post.
The visitors took the lead midway through the half when skipper David Bryant fired in from close range after Cogan lost his man from a corner and the hosts failed to clear, despite having two bites at the cherry.
Cogan almost made amends at the other end soon after but saw his free-kick flick off the head of a Wood defender with Jordan making a good save.
After the break Ed Harris made a good block to prevent the visitors extending their lead before Cogan headed wide from a Dixon cross, and another Dixon centre was diverted off-target by Billy Bricknell at the back post.
Jaimez-Ruiz denied Omer Riza's fierce strike before Jemal Johnson fired wide of the target with Dixon standing unmarked at the back post.
The clincher arrived two minutes from time when the Dover defence disappeared and Riza was given far too much time and space to volley home after Jaimez-Ruiz had blocked his initial effort.
Bricknell saw a late shot saved by Jordan before the end but the final whistle left Dover sixth, four points outside the final play-off berth, but level on points with seventh-placed Basingstoke who have a game in hand.
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