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Dover Athletic 2 Maidenhead United 0 match report

Dover Athletic ended a 14 game winless run in the National League as the beat Maidenhead United 2-0 at Crabble on Saturday.

Whites had not won in the league since August 14 and it was the first victory in the league under new manager Andy Hessenthaler.

A first-half header from Kevin Lokko and a second-half strike from Jai Reason handed a much needed three points for the club.

Dover's Jamie Allen. Picture: Wayne McCabe
Dover's Jamie Allen. Picture: Wayne McCabe

Hessenthaler made two changes from the team that were beaten 2-0 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday with Manny Adebowale, making his debut, and Moussa Diarra coming in for Connor Essam and Kadell Daniel.

Whites also wore black armbands for the match following the death of Jack Connor’s father last week.

After a cagey first 15 minutes of the match, Dover created several chances that forced saves from Maidenhead goalkeeper Nick Hamann.

Josh Passley found space on the right and drilled a shot that Hamann pushed out. A minute later Stuart Lewis had a strike from the edge of the area that was tipped around the post for a corner.

Action from Dover's 2-0 win over Maidenhead. Picture: Wayne McCabe
Action from Dover's 2-0 win over Maidenhead. Picture: Wayne McCabe

Bobby-Joe Taylor stuck the post with a header from six yards after a perfect cross from Lewis in the 24th minute as the home side could not convert their dominance into a goal.

Ayo Obileye had Maidenhead’s first shot on target of the match after 30 minutes when he forced a save from Mitch Walker with a header.

Walker did well to keep the score at 0-0 when he saved James Akintunde’s shot from close range after 35 minutes.

Whites took the lead a minute later when Kevin Lokko headed his fourth goal of the season. Mitch Brundle sent the ball into the six yard box from a free-kick 25 yards out for the defender to head home.

Maidenhead had the first chance of the second half and forced Mitch Walker into a good save. Adrian Clifton header looked to be going in but the Dover goalkeeper tipped over the bar.

Josh Passley on the attack for Dover. Picture: Wayne McCabe
Josh Passley on the attack for Dover. Picture: Wayne McCabe

Ten minutes later James Comley went close for the visitors when his shot from the edge of the box narrowly missed the target.

Striker Inih Effiong came close to adding a second in the 70th minute after a superb run that started off in his own half but his shot was a little too close to the Maidenhead goalkeeper.

Substitute Jai Reason made a quick impact on the match to double to lead for Dover. Bobby-Joe Taylor was sent through on goal, he cut back inside and laid the ball off to Reason who looped his shot over the Maidenhead goalkeeper.

Josh Kelly had a chance to get the visitors back into the match with a strike five minutes from time but it hit the inside of the post and was cleared by Dover.

Dover: Walker, Passley, Diarra, Lokko, Adebowale (Huckle 77mins), Debayo (Nortey 84mins), Brundle, Lewis, Taylor, Allen (Reason 67mins), Effiong.

Subs not used: Daniel, Worgan.

Attendance: 872

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