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Dover Athletic 1-2 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham striker Danny Wright
Cheltenham striker Danny Wright's Crabble double took his tally to 12 goals for the season

Danny Wright earned a dramatic victory at fellow promotion challengers Dover to take Cheltenham Town back to the top of the National League with two late goals inside a minute.

Nicky Deverdics' superb, swerving left-foot strike from 25 yards looked to have won it for Dover on 83 minutes.

But Wright scored from a penalty after Aswad Thomas had been adjudged to have fouled Robins substitute James Dayton.

Dayton then turned supplier to set up Wright's tap-in just 55 seconds later.

Still stunned by Cheltenham's 88th-minute equaliser, Dover keeper Andy Rafferty got his fingertips to divert Dayton's low right-wing cross, but it fell for Wright at the far post to turn into an empty net from just two yards.

Cheltenham go back two points clear the top from Forest Green, 1-0 winners over Braintree the previous day.

Dover remain fifth, in the last of the four play-off places, now 14 points behind the leaders and just a point clear of nearest challengers Woking.

In an exciting end to an otherwise dull game, Ricky Modeste almost sparked a breakthrough when his low, angled shot was saved by on-loan Charlton keeper Dillon's with legs before ballooning just wide.

Dover midfielder Deverdics then broke the deadlock with his stunning 11th National League goal of the season, only for Cheltenham to pull off a remarkable turnaround.

Line-ups

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 2Magri
  • 6Orlu
  • 7ModesteBooked at 60mins
  • 16Sterling
  • 5Raggett
  • 21ThomasSubstituted forOfori-Acheampongat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Parkinson
  • 17Deverdics
  • 9Miller
  • 10MurphySubstituted forBellamyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 8Bellamy
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
  • 15Grimes
  • 24Pinnock

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Barthram
  • 14Hall
  • 6ParslowBooked at 25mins
  • 3McLennan
  • 8WatersSubstituted forRoweat 74'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 7PellBooked at 56mins
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forJenningsat 74'minutesSubstituted forDaytonat 78'minutes
  • 30HolmanBooked at 63mins
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 12Kitscha
  • 18Rowe
  • 27Dayton
  • 29Jennings
  • 31Harries
Referee:
Wayne Barratt
Attendance:
1,184

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Attempt saved. Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Richard Orlu with a cross.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Daniel Wright tries a through ball, but Daniel Wright is caught offside.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Duane Ofori-Acheampong replaces Aswad Thomas.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Cheltenham Town 2. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Rowe.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cheltenham Town. James Dayton draws a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by James Dayton (Cheltenham Town).

Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Magri.

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

Attempt missed. Asa Hall (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Ryan Jennings because of an injury.

Foul by Ryan Jennings (Cheltenham Town).

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Rowe replaces Billy Waters.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ryan Jennings replaces Jack Munns.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

Dillon Phillips (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nicky Deverdics with a cross.

Foul by George McLennan (Cheltenham Town).

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Munns with a cross.

Foul by Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic).

Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic).

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