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Dover Athletic 4 Havant & Waterlooville 3 match report

Dover Athletic came back from 3-1 down against Havant & Waterlooville to earn their first win of the National League season.

Nortey Nortei had given Whites a first half lead but three goals in six minutes immediately after the break from Wes Fogden, Alfie Pavey and Theo Lewis gave Havant the lead.

The home side fought back brilliantly with Jamie Allen scoring from the penalty spot and a half-volley put them back on level terms.

Three minutes from time Kevin Lokko bundled home to give them the three points in the seven goal thriller at Crabble.

Jamie Allen. Picture: Tony Flashman.
Jamie Allen. Picture: Tony Flashman.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, the first chance of the game fell Dover’s way with a nice passing move between Kevin Lokko, Jamie Allen and Nortei Nortey ending with a shot from Nortey that went inches wide.

The best chance of the half was created by the lively Allen after 28 minutes. He crossed for Inih Effiong in the box and the striker got a shot away on the turn but it was put wide by Ryan Young in the Havant goal.

The seemed to spark Dover into life and put the opposition goal under pressure without creating a clear cut chance.

Mitch Walker kept the teams level in the 35th minute with a brilliant double save. Daniel Strugnell’s shot deflected off two defenders and Walker parried the shot and blocked the rebound.

A minute later Whites opened the scored after a superb goal from Nortey. From the edge of the box the midfielder found space a struck hit shot into the top corner.

It was a well-deserved lead at half-time for Chris Kinnear’s side and had the better of the chances.

Three goals in six minutes at the start of the second half from Havant blew Dover away with former Dartford striker Alfie Pavey making the difference after coming on at half-time.

A shot bounced up nicely for Wes Fogden to head home from close range in the 48th minute and Pavey turned home a brilliant cross to the back post a minute later.

Whites were all at sea at the start of the half and capitalised with Theo Lewis heading home a third goal in the 53rd minute.

Jamie Allen got Dover back into the game after winning a penalty and converting from the spot in the 67th minute.

The striker won the penalty after a surging run into the box and was fouled when about to shoot. He then sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to grab his third goal in three games.

Whites were on top for and had chances to get back on level terms. Jack Connors fired a cross across the face of goal in the 74th minute, which was deflected out for a corner before a Dover player could get a touch.

Skipper Mitch Brundle took one of those chances in the 77th minute when the ball sat up nicely and he fired a shot into the bottom corner.

With three minutes left on the clock defender Kevin Lokko bundled home from close range to give Whites their first win of the season.

Dover: Walker, Passley, Connors, Lokko, Essam, Schmoll, Brundle, Nortey, Gomis (Jeffrey 59mins), Allen, Effiong (Daniel 59mins).

Subs not used: Diarra, Fazakerley, Okosieme.

Attendance: 997

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