James Alabi and Connor Essam kept Dover at the top of the National League table with their goals in a home victory over Eastleigh.Mark Yeates almost gave the Spitfires the lead when his free-kick looked like being deflected past Mitch Walker, but instead it was Dover who broke the deadlock.When Mitchell Pinnock’s long throw confused the visiting defence, on-loan Tranmere striker Alabi got his head to the ball and netted his first goal for the club.
Ben Williamson came close to equalising before half-time, but Walker made a low save.Nortei Nortey had an effort deflected away following the restart and, in the 58th minute, Dover doubled their lead as Essam smashed home after his initial attempt was saved.The Whites remained well on top and Femi Ilesanmi almost rubber-stamped the outcome with a powerful drive that clattered the advertising boards.Match report supplied by the Press Association.Line-upsLive TextLine-upsDover1Walker2Passley5Parry6Essam3Ilesanmi8Brundle18Nortey4Gallifuoco19AlabiSubstituted forDanielat 72’minutes17BirdBooked at 78mins11PinnockSubstitutes7Richards12Fazakerley16Okosieme23Daniel27Deen-ContehEastleigh13FlitneyBooked at 57mins2HoyteBooked at 75mins30Shaw10Yeates27Howe19HollandsSubstituted forMatthewsat 63’minutes22Boyce24Miley25Williamson8ConstableSubstituted forMcAllisterat 66’minutes28McSheffreySubstituted forStrevensat 63’minutesSubstitutes11Zebroski14Strevens18McAllister23Read26MatthewsReferee:Neil HairAttendance:1,273Live TextPosted at Match ends, Dover Athletic 2, Eastleigh 0.Full TimePosted at 90′ Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 2, Eastleigh 0.BookingPosted at 78′ Ryan Bird (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.BookingPosted at 75′ Gavin Hoyte (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.SubstitutionPosted at 72′ Substitution, Dover Athletic. Kadell Daniel replaces James Alabi.SubstitutionPosted at 66′ Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister replaces James Constable.SubstitutionPosted at 63′ Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens replaces Gary McSheffrey.SubstitutionPosted at 63′ Substitution, Eastleigh. Sam Matthews replaces Danny Hollands.BookingPosted at 57′ Ross Flitney (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.Goal!Posted at 57′ Goal! Dover Athletic 2, Eastleigh 0. Connor Essam (Dover Athletic).Second HalfPosted at Second Half begins Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 0.Half TimePosted at 45′ First Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 0.Goal!Posted at 32′ Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Eastleigh 0. James Alabi (Dover Athletic).Kick OffPosted at First Half begins.Lineups are announced and players are warming up.goal
Source: BBC Hampshire