A second-half Scott McManus strike earned Halifax victory and ruined Dover's first game in the fifth tier of English football since 2002.

Halifax had the better chances before the break, notably when Danny Schofield saw a looping effort hit the woodwork.

And the visitors made their dominance count when McManus made space and scored with a low 20-yard shot.

Barry Cogan went close for Dover, but Halifax, who had Ainge sent off for a second caution in injury-time, held on.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Dover Athletic

  • 01 Walker
  • 02 Stone
  • 03 Wynter
  • 06 Orlu
  • 16 Sterling
  • 05 Raggett Booked
  • 04 Kinnear
  • 08 Bellamy (Deverdics - 75' )
  • 09 Elder
  • 07 Modeste (Nanetti - 81' )
  • 11 Cogan (Reid - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Murphy
  • 15 Francis
  • 17 Deverdics
  • 19 Reid
  • 20 Nanetti

FC Halifax Town

  • 27 Glennon
  • 02 Bolton
  • 06 Ainge Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Roberts Booked
  • 15 Roberts (Smith - 46' Booked )
  • 03 McManus
  • 20 Maynard
  • 05 Pearson
  • 19 Boden
  • 10 Dyer (Marshall - 46' )
  • 22 Schofield Booked (Peniket - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Senior
  • 07 Smith
  • 08 Marshall
  • 12 Peniket
  • 14 Williams
Ref: Colin Lymer
Att: 1,321

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

2 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +5:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +4:42

Corner, Dover Athletic.

90:00 +3:11 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:48

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

90:00 +2:48

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. Christian Nanetti (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box.

89:10

Attempt saved. Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

88:26 Booking

Booking Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card.

80:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Christian Nanetti replaces Ricky Modeste.

78:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Richard Peniket replaces Danny Schofield.

75:41

Attempt blocked. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

74:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Nicky Deverdics replaces Liam Bellamy.

73:56

Corner, Dover Athletic.

71:11

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

70:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Jake Reid replaces Barry Cogan.

69:46

Foul by Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic).

69:46

Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

66:21

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

66:21

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

66:03

Foul by Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic).

66:03

Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

64:16

Foul by Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town).

64:16

Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

63:09

Attempt missed. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

59:57

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

59:57

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

58:55

Attempt missed. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

55:33

Foul by Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic).

55:33

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

54:54

Foul by James Bolton (FC Halifax Town).

54:54

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

52:11 Booking

Booking Danny Schofield (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:52

Foul by Danny Schofield (FC Halifax Town).

51:52

Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

51:09

Attempt saved. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

50:18

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.

49:14

Foul by Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

49:14

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

48:15

Foul by Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

48:15

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

46:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 1. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Boden.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Paul Marshall replaces Ross Dyer.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Adam Smith replaces Kevin Roberts.

45:00

Second Half begins Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +0:13 Booking

Booking Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:53

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

44:53

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

44:19

Danny Schofield (FC Halifax Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

42:29

Foul by Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic).

42:29

Ross Dyer (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

41:49

Attempt blocked. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:53 Booking

Booking Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:12

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

38:12

Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

36:17

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.

35:28

Attempt missed. Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

35:12

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Ross Dyer tries a through ball, but Ross Dyer is caught offside.

34:02

Foul by Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

34:02

Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

32:17

Foul by Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic).

32:17

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

30:46

Foul by James Bolton (FC Halifax Town).

30:46

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

29:41

Foul by Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic).

29:41

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

26:24

Attempt missed. Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Wynter with a cross.

25:19 Booking

Booking Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:03

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

25:03

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

19:29

Foul by Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

19:29

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

16:39

Foul by Ross Dyer (FC Halifax Town).

16:39

Mitchell Walker (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

15:28

Foul by Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic).

15:28

Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

14:45

Attempt missed. Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

12:52

Attempt saved. Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

7:12

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

5:55

Attempt saved. Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

1:55

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

1:55

Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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