Alfie Pavey scored the only goal as Dover won their first National League South home game of the season against Hungerford on Saturday.

The leader struck midway through the second period, securing a late cross from Luke Wanadio, to earn the home team points.

Andy Hessenthaler, manager of Dover. Photo: Barry Goodwin

The Whites were given an opening in the opening two minutes at Crabble after Callum Willmouth failed to control, allowing the ball to break nicely for Pavey, but a Hungerford player made the block.

A minute later, the Crusaders created their first chance as Dover keeper Ryan Sandford made a good save to thwart Niko Muir.

Pavey again threatened in the 10th minute for the hosts but exploded.

With 18 minutes in the game, however, Dover may have had some luck not to be left behind. A dangerous cross from the right wing from Joel Rollinson caused problems but Curtis Angell failed quite to convert at the far post for Danny Robinson’s men as the Sandford and Dover defense made it through enough to eliminate the hazard.

After a first-half drink break in hot conditions, the lively Wanadio fired a threatening cross from the left that just eluded Pavey.

Dover striker Alfie Pavey.  Photo: Barry Goodwin
Dover striker Alfie Pavey. Photo: Barry Goodwin

The Whites were then denied a penalty shortly before the half hour mark.

Lee Martin went to ground under a challenge from a visiting player, but the Dover skipper was controversially ruled for diving by referee Shelby Elson and warned before Pavey nodded shortly after the center of Wanadio.

In first-half stoppage time, Sandford was again called into action, disallowing Rollinson, with the game scoreless at half-time.

Chike Kandi had a golden chance for Dover with the second half lasting less than a minute, only to be denied by keeper Mark Scott after Wanadio’s cross.

Five minutes into the restart, Martin made a good run to get an end to Alfie Paxman’s throw-in as the Whites’ encouraging second-half start continued. It appeared Scott tipped the former Manchester United man’s effort from range but a goal kick was awarded.

Martin had another chance in the 56th minute with a free kick in a good area, but his shot went over the top.

Two minutes later, the hosts had further penalty protests as Wanadio fell trying to control a left wing cross from Paxman.

Sandford made another fine save shortly after the hour mark. A clean shot from Muir was on target but Sandford came through.

But soon after, Los Blancos broke the deadlock just after Luke Baptiste replaced Arjanit Krasniqi in the home side’s first substitution.

An inviting cross from Wanadio’s left was headed in by Pavey.

Hungerford searched for an answer but struggled to find a way through Dover’s resilient defence.

With five minutes left, Dover teenage midfielder Kieron Agbebi has been signed for Kandi.

Angell tried his luck in the dying seconds of regulation time for the opposing team but his shot flew wide.

In stoppage time the dangerous Rollinson blew away with Hungerford still looking for an equalizer but Sandford, again, was unbeaten and the Whites held on for a clean sheet and victory.

It was Dover’s first win at Crabble in nearly seven months.

Strangely enough, their last home success – against Eastleigh in January – was also a 1-0 win, in which Pavey scored the game’s only goal.

Whites boss Andy Hessenthaler, who served the second game of a two-match sideline ban carried over from last season, had named an unchanged starting line-up for the side which started their league campaign with a 1-1 draw at Worthing, with the Academy. boss Mike Sandmann again in charge of the shelter.

Young midfielder George Wilkinson was back from a ban but was sidelined with a knee injury, while goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, Will Moses and frontman Reece Grant were also sidelined. sidelined.

With Nelson still out after picking up a hamstring injury in pre-season at Folkestone, there was also a home debut for Sandford, who is on loan from Millwall.

Hungerford had signed a keeper of his own a day before the game – Jed Ward, a Bristol Rovers man, who joined on a month-long loan – but he was not in the away squad.

Dover: Sandford, Judd, Paxman, Krasniqi (Baptiste 66min), Brundle, Higgs, Pavey, Wanadio, Martin, Sterling, Kandi (Agbebi 85min). Unused submarines: Goodman, Carney, Nikaj.

Hungerford: Scott, Angell, Rusby, Berry-Hargreaves, Rollinson, Willmoth (Allen 82min), Smith, Liddle, Evans, Muir (English 70min), Tyler. Unused subtitles: McGory, Wylie, Gyebi.

Arbitrator: Shelby Elson.

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