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Cup Consolation For Dover

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Dover Athletic got over the massive disappointment of missing out on the Vanarama National League play-offs by winning the Kent Senior Cup at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium against National League South side Welling United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Although regular winners of the competition over the years, this was the Whites first county success since 1991.

The Wings, who finished sixteenth in the division below, played well in the opening 45 minutes without seriously threatening the Dover goal, while the Whites also suffered in front of the target without in-demand top scorer Ricky Miller.

The breakthrough finally arrived 9 minutes into the second half when James Pinnock set-up Ross Lafayette, who curled a shot past Chris Lewington.

Welling fought hard to get back on level terms and saw efforts from Harry Crawford and Dan Walker go close.

But Dover made the trophy theirs in the 87th minute when Aswad Thomas headed home Joe Healy’s cross.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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