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Dover Athletic 0 Chesterfield 0 match report: Whites pick up first point of the season


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Dover made the first dent into their 12-point deduction after holding big-spending Chesterfield at Crabble.

Andy Hessenthaler's men had lost their opening three National League games but they held their own against a Chesterfield team intent on returning to the Football League this campaign.

Dover's Travis Gregory is tracked by Chesterfield's Liam Mandeville. Picture: Andy Jones (51128256)
Dover's Travis Gregory is tracked by Chesterfield's Liam Mandeville. Picture: Andy Jones (51128256)
Dover defender Jake Goodman challenges against Chesterfield. Picture: Andy Jones (51127334)
Dover defender Jake Goodman challenges against Chesterfield. Picture: Andy Jones (51127334)

Dover started brightly and went close after 10 minutes when visiting keeper Scott Loach parried Aaron Cosgrave's long-range shot before defender Gavin Gunning did well to clear the danger.

Gunning headed over from a corner at the other end but the visitors created little in the opening half-hour.

Just before the break, Kabongo Tshimanga had Chesterfield's best chance of the half but keeper Josh Bexon turned his effort over the bar while Travis Gregory tested the palms of Loach at the other end.

Dover's Ben Williamson is up against Chesterfield's George Carline. Picture: Andy Jones (51127399)
Dover's Ben Williamson is up against Chesterfield's George Carline. Picture: Andy Jones (51127399)
Dover's Aaron Cosgrave tries to get ahead of Chesterfield keeper Scott Loach. Picture: Andy Jones (51127337)
Dover's Aaron Cosgrave tries to get ahead of Chesterfield keeper Scott Loach. Picture: Andy Jones (51127337)

Calvin Miller delivered an excellent left-wing cross after the break but no Chesterfield player was on hand to convert while Tshimanga set up Liam Mandeville who shot over from 10 yards.

Whites introduced Ricky Miller late on in a bid to find a winner while there was a familiar face coming off the bench for Chesterfield, with ex-Dover defender Jamie Grimes coming on for the injured Laurence Maguire 20 minutes from time.

Dover visit Eastleigh on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.

Substitute Ricky Miller tries to find a late winner for Dover at Crabble. Picture: Andy Jones (51128291)
Substitute Ricky Miller tries to find a late winner for Dover at Crabble. Picture: Andy Jones (51128291)

Dover: Bexon, Twumasi, Goodman, Collinge, Wood, Bramble (Hanson 70mins), Woods, Gregory, Williamson, Cosgrave, Arthur (Miller 76mins). Subs not used: Da Costa, Caton, Parkes.

Chesterfield: Loach, Miller, Maguire (Grimes 72mins), McCourt (Weston 51mins), Kerr, Gunning, Carline, Oyeleke, Mandeville (Kham 78mins), Rowe, Tshimanga. Subs not used: King, Payne.

Referee: Robert Whitton.

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