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Dover Athletic 3 Kidderminster Harriers 2 Vanarama National League match report

Stefan Payne scored a dramatic late winner as Dover beat Kidderminster Harriers 3-2 to register the first win of their Vanarama National League campaign at Crabble on Tuesday.

Payne scored with a glancing header in the 84th minute to secure the win after the visitors had come from 2-0 down at half-time.

Captain Jamie Grimes , who joined from Kidderminster at the end of last season, headed Whites in front in the 40th minute before Ricky Miller made it 2-0 before half-time.

Dover's Stefan Payne. Picture: Matt Bristow
Dover's Stefan Payne. Picture: Matt Bristow

But Kidderminster were far from down and out and stunned the home fans by drawing level through spectacular strikes from Adam Dawson and sub Gurjit Singh.

Dover continued to press in search of the winner and Payne delivered with his first of the season.

The game started quietly before Miller went on a surging run in the 10th minute which ended with Kidderminster goalkeeper Dean Snedker saving his drive from outside the box with ease.

Snedker was back in business seven minutes later claiming Sean Raggett's header from Tom Murphy's free-kick.

Nicky Deverdics volleyed a loose headed clearance wide just moments later before Snedker dived bravely at the feet of Payne just before the half-hour mark after he'd been sent clear by Miller.

Dover then lost Murphy with a hamstring injury after the winger stumbled after chasing the ball in the 21st minute. Ricky Modeste replaced him.

Dover keeper Mitch Walker was first called in action in the 34th minute when he collected Adam Dawson's cross with ease.

Whites finally beat Snedker five minutes before the break when Grimes rose to power Deverdics' cormer home.

Dover captain Jamie Grimes, left, in action
Dover captain Jamie Grimes, left, in action

Grimes didn't celebrate his first goal for Whites as a mark of respect his former team-mates.

Miller fired inches wide moments later before the lively striker doubled Whites lead when he turned home Modeste's cross.

Deverdics then fired a free-kick over before the whistle arrived with the momentum all Dover.

The second half started quietly before Raggett had another header saved by Snedker from another Deverdics corner in the 57th minute.

Kidderminster reduced the deficit four minutes later after a stunning 25-yard free-kick from the dangerous Dawson gave Walker no chance.

Payne tried his luck with a rabona but Snedker gathered easily before Tyrone Sterling headed over from Raggett's header into the box.

Singh then silenced the home fans when he curled home from well outside the box to make it 2-2 just a minute after coming on to set up a dramatic finale.

Whites host third-placed Chester at Crabble on Saturday (3pm).

Dover: Walker, Magri (Young 68mins), Sterling, Grimes, Raggett, Orlu, Deverdics, Bellamy, Payne, Miller (Ofari-Achaempong 79mins), Murphy (Modeste 21mins). Subs not used: Parkinson, Wynter. Attendance: 906

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