Match Data 2011/2012
Dover Athletic 1
Lee Peacock (Jones, 81)
Steve Watt (Harris, 51)
James Walker (Baker, 59)
Glen Southam (Simmonds, 68)
Report by Kevin Ricketts for the Sports Mail
THE HAWKS had to settle for a 1-1 draw after having the better of the contest against Dover Athletic this afternoon at The Crabble.
Wes Fogden gave the Hawks a deserved 37th minute lead, but substitute Donovan Simmonds levelled for the home side 14 minutes from time.
The visitors made one enforced change, with Sam Pearce replacing the injured John McDonald in the heart of the defence.
The Hawks started on the front foot and Lee Peacock almost threaded a ball through to Jake Newton in the early minutes.
A quick Dover counter-attack ended with George Purcell ballooning his cross wildly over from the left.
Good work by Fogden enabled Chris Arthur to cut dangerously to the byline, but his shot was straight at keeper Mikhael Ruiz at his near post.
Ryan Woodford ventured forward for a free-kick and when the ball dropped to him he hooked a shot over his shoulder which bounced straight to the keeper.
Chances had been few and far between, but the Hawks should have taken a 17th minute lead.
Craig Braham-Barrett showed his defender a clean pair of heels and drove a cross in from the right. The onrushing unmarked Fogden, however, failed to hit the target, heading wide of the near post.
Five minutes later Dover had their first chance.
Billy Bricknell turned well on the right side of the area and his fierce low shot rebounded off the legs of keeper Lyall Beazley.
Soon afterwards Beazley made another low save from Michael Corcoran’s long-range effort.
The keeper was having a busy few minutes and bravely rushed 20 yards out of his goal to tackle the marauding James Walker.
On 37 minutes the Hawks broke the deadlock through a super piece of individual skill from Fogden.
Neil Barrett floated the ball to him on the edge of the box but the little midfielder faced by two defenders still had much to do. FOGDEN cleverly took the ball outside his markers and poked his shot across Ruiz into the far corner.
As half-time approached, Dover applied the pressure but the Hawks’ well-organised defence kept them out.
The opening minutes of the second period were broken up by a couple of lengthy stoppages for injury. When the game resumed Peacock headed wide from an Igoe cross, and visiting defender Pearce was booked.
On 56 minutes Igoe got to the by-line and floated a cross beyond the far post. An unmarked Fogden flashed his first-time volley over the top.
Beazley was forced to claw the ball away after a corner was diverted goalwards by one of his own defenders.
Hawks had a huge let-off on the hour following a mistake by Pearce. The defender mis-controlled the ball allowing Bricknell to race in on goal, but the striker dragged his shot wide.
The visitors were working hard off the ball making life difficult for their hosts.
Fogden whipped another volley wide before the home side levelled matters with 14 minutes remaining.
A long clearance was back-heeled by Bricknell to substitute SIMMONDS who buried his shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area.