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Dover Athletic 1 Boreham Wood 1 match report

By Cameron Hogwood

Dover came from a goal behind to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood at Crabble on Tuesday.

Whites went behind after just four minutes when Justin Shaibu found the far corner with conviction after bursting through on goal.

Mitch Brundle drew his side level six minutes later when he headed in Bobby-Joe Taylor's cross at the far post.

Dover Manager Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Alan Langley. (6206974)
Dover Manager Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Alan Langley. (6206974)

Manager Andy Hessenthaler named an unchanged XI from the side that gave up a two goal lead to lose 3-2 away to Hartlepool on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead after just four minutes when Shaibu raced through on goal before finding Lee Worgan's far corner with a clinical finish for his seventh goal of the season.

It set the tone for a frustrating start for Dover as they continued to squander good crossing opportunities from both sides of the pitch.

Their aerial threat eventually paid off on 10 minutes when Brundle met Taylor's deep free-kick to head home an equaliser from close range.

Alfie Pavey came close to adding a second two minutes later but couldn't supply the power needed on his header.

Hessenthaler's men began to threaten on the counter attack, with Anthony Jeffrey proving a menace with his pace and directness on the left-hand side.

The 20 minute mark saw Dover start to enjoy lengthy spells of possession, only to lack the required connection between midfield and the likes of Pavey and Jamie Allen up top.

Boreham Wood themselves also looked dangerous on the break predominantly through the speed and movement of goalscorer Shaibu.

The hosts finished the half on top, with Jeffrey and Jai Reason both trying their luck after creating space for themselves on the edge of the penalty area.

Dover maintained the pressure after the restart, persisting with a somewhat one-sided duel between Jeffrey and Tom Champion.

Pavey soon found himself in on goal on the left-hand side but saw his driven cross flash across the six-yard box.

Boreham Wood's failure to clear Taylor's free-kick then fell to Reason, who saw his effort fly just over the bar.

Worgan was called into action at the opposite end shortly after when he produced a stunning save to keep out Jamal Fyfield's shot.

Having dealt with the resulting corner, Dover broke forward with Jeffrey before the ball fell to Allen, who saw his shot parried away from goal.

Hessenthaler turned to substitute Inih Effiong with just over twenty minutes remaining, introducing the striker in place of Allen.

Pavey later passed off another great opportunity with the ball dropping over his shoulder, mis-hitting his volley wide of the near post.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between over the closing stages, with the pick of the lot falling to Effiong.

The frontman spearheaded a Dover break, linking up well with Bedsente Gomis before firing his shot over the bar.

Boreham Wood almost snatched the points in stoppage time when a looping header landed on the top of Worgan's crossbar and out to safety.

The result leaves Dover just two points ahead of Havant, who beat Dagenham 3-0 elsewhere on the night.

Dover: Worgan, Lokko, Jeffrey (Nortei 90mins), Brundle, Allen (Effiong 68mins), Pavey, McNamara, Gomis, Lewis, Taylor, Reason (Debayo 81mins). Subs not used: Passley, Doe.

Attendance: 743.

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