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Dover Athletic 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh striker James Constable
Former Oxford United striker James Constable scored 19 goals for Eastleigh last season and already has eight this term

James Constable's double earned Eastleigh a win over fellow high-flyers Dover Athletic that takes them up to fourth place in the National League.

A lacklustre game burst in to life seven minutes after the break when Andy Drury found Constable whose deflected shot put the Spitfires ahead.

Ricky Modeste tapped home the equaliser from Stefan Payne's pass.

But Constable scored his eighth goal of the season on the rebound after Andy Rafferty saved Ben Strevens's penalty.

Constable's initial attempt on the follow-up was also saved by the keeper but he kept his composure and Eastleigh held on to record a fifth away victory of the season and move to within two points of Dover.

The hosts, who remain third despite their first home league loss this term, had the better chances with Payne, Modest and Jack Parkinson all going close but they were unable to salvage a draw.

Line-ups

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 2Magri
  • 6OrluBooked at 78mins
  • 15Grimes
  • 5Raggett
  • 21Thomas
  • 7Modeste
  • 18Parkinson
  • 17Deverdics
  • 9Miller
  • 23Payne

Substitutes

  • 10Murphy
  • 11Diallo
  • 12Ajala
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
  • 16Sterling

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 4Evans
  • 5Turley
  • 18Drury
  • 3Green
  • 6Reid
  • 8Payne
  • 9ConstableBooked at 72mins
  • 7OdubadeSubstituted forLafayetteat 69'minutes
  • 14StrevensBooked at 90mins
  • 10Reason

Substitutes

  • 11Lafayette
  • 12Midson
  • 13Noice
  • 17Cook
  • 21Smith
Referee:
Robert Whitton

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamEastleigh
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 2.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Stefan Payne tries a through ball, but Stefan Payne is caught offside.

Booking

Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

Sam Magri (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

Paul Reid (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Foul by Andy Drury (Eastleigh).

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Ross Lafayette (Eastleigh).

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Sean Raggett tries a through ball, but Sean Raggett is caught offside.

Foul by Paul Reid (Eastleigh).

Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Ross Lafayette (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Raggett with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ross Lafayette (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Ricky Miller tries a through ball, but Ricky Miller is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Booking

James Constable (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Constable (Eastleigh).

Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Ross Lafayette replaces Yemi Odubade.

Foul by Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh).

Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 2. James Constable (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

goal

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