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Dover Athletic 2-2 Macclesfield Town

Dover's National League play-off hopes suffered a major blow after they were held to a draw at home by Macclesfield.

Dover realistically needed to win to have any chance of overhauling Aldershot for the final play-off position and sit three points adrift with a goal difference inferior by six, with just a game to go.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but Oliver Norburn opened the scoring for the visitors in the 31st minute when he was at the back post to convert from close range after a long ball from the right.

But Dover were level five minutes before the interval when they were awarded a penalty and Ricky Miller sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

Anthony Dudley then fired Macclesfield ahead in the 73rd minute when his shot went through the legs of goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

Dover at least earned a point through Ross Lafayette's late goal but it kept their promotion hopes only barely alive.

They travel to Barrow on Saturday while Aldershot host relegation-threatened Braintree.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Dover

  • 1Walker
  • 27HurstSubstituted forPinnockat 55'minutes
  • 2Magri
  • 15Grimes
  • 5Essam
  • 3ThomasSubstituted forEmmanuelat 84'minutes
  • 6Orlu
  • 16SterlingSubstituted forFazackerleyat 58'minutes
  • 26Healy
  • 9Miller
  • 25Lafayette

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 8Stevenson
  • 11Pinnock
  • 12Fazackerley
  • 17Emmanuel

Macclesfield

  • 22Flinders
  • 16Hancox
  • 2Halls
  • 8Whitehead
  • 6McCombeBooked at 34mins
  • 4Byrne
  • 7BrowneBooked at 62minsSubstituted forOkosiemeat 90+1'minutes
  • 15Norburn
  • 23WhitakerSubstituted forSummerfieldat 83'minutes
  • 29Dudley
  • 33ThorneSubstituted forHolroydat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Holroyd
  • 13Ross
  • 14James
  • 30Summerfield
  • 32Okosieme
Referee:
Adrian Quelch
Attendance:
932

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 2, Macclesfield Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 2, Macclesfield Town 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ejiro Okosieme replaces Rhys Browne.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 2, Macclesfield Town 2. Ross Lafayette (Dover Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Moses Emmanuel replaces Aswad Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Luke Summerfield replaces Danny Whitaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Chris Holroyd replaces James Thorne.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Macclesfield Town 2. Anthony Dudley (Macclesfield Town).

Booking

Rhys Browne (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Loui Fazackerley replaces Tyrone Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Mitchell Pinnock replaces James Hurst.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dover Athletic 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Macclesfield Town 1. Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) converts the penalty with a.

Booking

John McCombe (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 0, Macclesfield Town 1. Ollie Norburn (Macclesfield Town).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City45308782394398
2Tranmere45288978393992
3Forest Green4525101086543285
4Dag & Red452651478522683
5Aldershot4522131064372779
6Dover452371582612176
7Barrow4520151070502075
8Gateshead4519131372492370
9Macclesfield45207186457767
10Bromley45178205766-959
11Maidstone United451610195974-1558
12Sutton United451512186163-257
13Wrexham451512184660-1457
14Eastleigh451414175562-756
15Boreham Wood451413184748-155
16Solihull Moors45159216174-1354
17Chester451410216369-652
18Woking451410216579-1452
19Torquay451311215261-950
20Guiseley451311214966-1750
21York451116185368-1549
22Braintree45139235174-2348
23North Ferriby United45123303280-4839
24Southport45108275196-4538
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