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Forest Green Rovers 0 Dover Athletic 0 Vanarama Conference match report

Dover Athletic ended their Vanarama Conference campaign with a 0-0 draw at play-off bound Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn.

The point saw the home side finish fifth to reach the play-offs for the first time in their history while Whites finished eighth.

But boss Chris Kinnear's side had enough chances to win all three points in Gloucestershire.

Nicky Deverdics fired a free-kick just over the bar in the fourth minute after Ricky Modeste was fouled just outside the box.

Modeste then sent over teasing cross which was scrambled away.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

Dover goalkeeper Andy Rafferty was called into action in the 21st minute, palming away Elliott Frear's dangerous low cross.

Big striker Jon Parkin was proving to be a handful but failed to capitalise on anything that came his way.

His Dover counterpart, Stefan Payne, also failed to make the most of his chance in the 25th minute, putting his effort well over when through on goal.

Dover had another great chance to break the deadlock just before half-time but Tom Murphy shot straight at goalkeeper Steve Arnold and he saved easily.

The home side started the second half strongly and Stuart Fleetwood's 20-yarder went just wide six minutes after the restart.

Dover responded with Payne trying his luck from 25 yards before Solomon Taiwo then had his long-range strike saved by Arnold.

Arnold then produced a stunning save to deny Murphy in a one-on-one before Payne fired wide again.

Rafferty saved Kurtis Guthrie's header with ease nine minutes from time while Murphy headed wide from Payne's cross seconds later.

Deverdics blazed a free-kick over with five minutes to go before Modeste's shot was blocked for a corner.

Dover: Rafferty, Sterling, Essam, Raggett, Orlu, Wynter, Modeste, Deverdics, Taiwo, Murphy (Poole 85mins), Payne . Subs not used: Bellamy, Kinnear Jnr, O’Cearuill, Cogan.

Attendance: 2,674 with 114 from Dover

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