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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.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Loach
  • 34EdgarSubstituted forAmosat 74'minutes
  • 15Kerr
  • 6NobleSubstituted forHawkinsat 90+2'minutes
  • 3KitchingSubstituted forMolyneuxat 43'minutes
  • 17Anderson
  • 7Donaldson
  • 16Featherstone
  • 11Hawkes
  • 33James
  • 29Kabamba

Substitutes

  • 8Hawkins
  • 10Muir
  • 13Catterick
  • 21Molyneux
  • 28Amos

Dover

  • 31Worgan
  • 5Lokko
  • 8Brundle
  • 29Taylor
  • 23Gomis
  • 20McNamaraBooked at 10mins
  • 27Lewis
  • 30Reason
  • 7JeffreySubstituted forPassleyat 89'minutes
  • 10Allen
  • 14PaveySubstituted forEffiongat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 2Passley
  • 12Effiong
  • 18Nortey
  • 28Debayo
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
3,431

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Liam Noble.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Dover Athletic 2. Luke Molyneux (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Josh Passley replaces Anthony Jeffrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Danny Amos replaces David Edgar.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Dover Athletic 2. Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Dover Athletic 2. Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Inih Effiong replaces Alfie Pavey.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Molyneux replaces Mark Kitching.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 2. Jai Reason (Dover Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Dover Athletic 1. Alfie Pavey (Dover Athletic).

Booking

Danny McNamara (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

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2Wrexham37209845261969
3Solihull Moors36207959332667
4Salford37199963382566
5Fylde361713659302964
6Harrogate36189968452363
7Gateshead371881148341462
8Eastleigh36187114745261
9Sutton United371512104441357
10Ebbsfleet3614101247351252
11Barrow371310143942-349
12Hartlepool371212134549-448
13Dag & Red37138164444047
14Bromley37138164853-547
15Halifax361016103132-146
16Maidenhead United37135193958-1944
17Boreham Wood361013133745-843
18Chesterfield37915133843-542
19Barnet33117153243-1140
20Dover37109184257-1539
21Havant & Waterlooville37811184966-1735
22Aldershot3688202858-3032
23Maidstone United3685233062-3229
24Braintree3767243368-3525
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