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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

Formation 5-3-2

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

Substitutes

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

Eastleigh

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

  6. Post update

    Sam Magri (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Paul Reid (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andy Drury (Eastleigh).

  12. Post update

    Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ross Lafayette (Eastleigh).

  17. Post update

    Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Paul Reid (Eastleigh).

  20. Post update

    Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

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