Second half goals from Jeff Goulding and Tom Wynter pumped fresh hope into Dover’s Skrill South play-off ambitions on Tuesday night.
The club’s hard work earlier in the day to make the pitch playable, including using a new blotter machine to remove standing water on the surface, paid dividends for Chris Kinnear’s side as they gained a much-needed home victory after having squandered two-goal leads in their two previous home matches.
Against a limited Maidenhead outfit who have relegation worries, Dover took longer than Kinnear would have liked to stamp their authority on the game.
But once new striker Goulding struck with his seventh goal in four matches on 49 minutes, Whites were able to relax a little, especially after left-back Tom Wynter popped up with his first ever goal for the club 12 minutes later.
Although Maidenhead responded with a couple of off-target efforts, Dover keeper Mitch Walker wasn’t required to make a genuine save until injury-time when he gathered a header from substitute Harry Pritchard, and the three points lifted Whites back up to three points outside the play-off places with another home game to come on Saturday against fourth-placed Bath City.