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Dover Athletic 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2 match report

Dover are still searching for their first league win under new manager Andy Hessenthaler after losing 2-0 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

It was the first match at home for Hessenthaler and his side remain bottom of the National League.

Goals from Tomi Adeloye and Harry Phipps in the first half gave Dagenham the lead.

A better performance in the second half saw Dover striker Inih Effiong hit the woodwork three times but they could not find a way back into the game.

Mitch Brundle. Picture: Alan Langley
Mitch Brundle. Picture: Alan Langley

Dover made a bright start to the match in the first 10 minutes with both Kadell Daniel and Stuart Lewis having shots at goal that were saved by Elliot Justham.

Dagenham scored with their first attack of the game in the 11th minute. Tomi Adeloye controlled well just inside the box and placed his shot into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Daniel squandered a good chance for Whites when he chose to shoot from outside the box rather than play in Bobby-Joe Taylor who was in on goal.

Angelo Balanta caused Dover’s defence a number of problems and threatened to double the lead but his shot in the 35th minute went just over the bar.

Robinson and Nunn threw their bodies on the line to block shots from Mitch Brundle and Jamie Allen respectively to keep their Dagenham’s lead intact.

Harry Phipps doubled the lead a minute before half-time when he was left unmarked in the box and powered his header past Walker.

Dover came out strongly in the second half and put Dagenham under some pressure in the first 10 minutes.

The best chance during that spell of dominance fell to Inih Effiong who rattled the crossbar from just inside the area.

Effiong hit the post 10 minutes later following a good passing move when Bobby-Joe Taylor played in the forward who’s shot was deflected onto the woodwork.

Substitute Jai Reason flashed a shot over the bar 20 minutes from the end as it looked like it would not be Dover’s day.

Effiong hit the woodwork for the third time in the match when his free-kick from 20 yards was tipped onto the post by Elliot Justham in the 75th minute.

It was then Jamie Allen's turn to miss a good chance for Whites when he headed over from six yards out with just four minutes left.

Dover: Walker, Passley, Lokko, Essam, Brundle, Allen, Daniel (Reason 62mins), Effiong, Lewis, Debayo, Taylor (Diarra 75mins).

Subs not used: Massanka, Nortey, Gomis.

Attendance: 924

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