Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2.
Hartlepool United 3-2 Dover Athletic
Substitute Luke Molyneux snatched a stoppage-time winner as Hartlepool came from two goals down to claim a 3-2 victory at home to Dover.
The visitors made a bright start and Alfie Pavey fired them in front from close range in the 29th minute.
Luke James saw a goalbound effort blocked for Pools, but Dover doubled their lead after 39 minutes when Jai Reason lashed in from distance.
Molyneux brought two decent saves from Lee Worgan and debutant defender David Edgar saw a header deflect onto the crossbar as the home side looked for a way back into the game.
They were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes left when a Molyneux cross hit Bobby-Joe Taylor's hand. Josh Hawkes stepped up and scored to offer hope.
Hawkes should have levelled shortly before Pools won a second penalty in three minutes. James was brought down in the area and midfielder Hawkes calmly slotted in again.
Molyneux completed a stunning second-half comeback with a well-taken finish in stoppage time.
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- 34EdgarSubstituted forAmosat 74'minutes
- 6NobleSubstituted forHawkinsat 90+2'minutes
- 3KitchingSubstituted forMolyneuxat 43'minutes
- 20McNamaraBooked at 10mins
- 7JeffreySubstituted forPassleyat 89'minutes
- 14PaveySubstituted forEffiongat 66'minutes
- Leigh Doughty
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Liam Noble.
Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2. Luke Molyneux (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Josh Passley replaces Anthony Jeffrey.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Danny Amos replaces David Edgar.
Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Dover Athletic 2. Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Dover Athletic 2. Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Inih Effiong replaces Alfie Pavey.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Molyneux replaces Mark Kitching.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2. Jai Reason (Dover Athletic).
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 1. Alfie Pavey (Dover Athletic).
Danny McNamara (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.