National League
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Dover Athletic 2-0 Wrexham

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy has scored 10 goals in 20 League games for Dover.

Dover stretched their unbeaten league run to 13 matches with a comfortable home win over out-of-sorts Wrexham which lifted them to eighth place.

Tom Murphy pounced to give the hosts a 12th-minute lead after Wrexham's Wes York had spurned two early chances.

Defender Sean Raggett doubled the advantage with a volley after a poor punch by keeper Andy Coughlin.

The Dragons pressed forward after the break, but striker Mark Carrington missed an open goal.

Consecutive defeats leave Kevin Wilkin's team closer to the relegation battle than the promotion places.

In stark contrast with Dover, Wrexham have now won only two of their last 15 games.

But life is sweet for Dover boss Chris Kinnear after his side secured their third consecutive win to move within two points of the play-offs.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin: "Both teams have tried hard in difficult conditions.

"We had a chance in the first minute which we missed and I suppose I'll lament that fact - you know if that goes in the back of the net all of sudden you put Dover on the back foot.

"We've made a couple of mistakes - Mark [Carrington] should have scored a chance that he's put round the post there.

"Overall the lads have worked hard and shown me a reaction and I don't sense that that's a side not giving its all."

Line-ups

Dover

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Rafferty
  • 29EssamBooked at 90mins
  • 15Francis
  • 6Orlu
  • 5Raggett
  • 16Sterling
  • 8Bellamy
  • 11CoganSubstituted forModesteat 82'minutes
  • 10Murphy
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forWynterat 58'minutes
  • 14PayneSubstituted forReidat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wynter
  • 7Modeste
  • 19Reid
  • 21Mekki
  • 28Taiwo

Wrexham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Coughlin
  • 14Tomassen
  • 3AshtonBooked at 84mins
  • 4Smith
  • 6Clarke
  • 26Waterfall
  • 12KeatesSubstituted forBailey-Jonesat 77'minutes
  • 2Carrington
  • 16York
  • 9Moult
  • 10Bishop

Substitutes

  • 8Harris
  • 11Bailey-Jones
  • 18White
  • 22Whittington
  • 25Stephens
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
793

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamWrexham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dover Athletic 2, Wrexham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 2, Wrexham 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Wes York (Wrexham).

  4. Post update

    Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

    Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Connor Essam (Dover Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Manny Smith (Wrexham).

  10. Post update

    Jake Reid (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Jake Reid replaces Stefan Payne.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Steve Tomassen (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Theo Bailey-Jones (Wrexham).

  16. Post update

    Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  17. Booking

    Neil Ashton (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Ricky Modeste replaces Barry Cogan.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.