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Cheltenham Town 3-2 Dover Athletic

Billy Waters scored twice to help Cheltenham Town come from two goals behind to beat 10-man Dover.

Nicky Deverdics put Dover ahead from the penalty spot after a foul by Rob Dickie, before Stefan Payne fired in to extend the visitors' lead.

Waters reduced the lead shortly before the break, and Danny Wright equalised with a penalty after a foul on Waters.

Waters then grabbed a late winner from a tight angle, after Payne was shown a second yellow card for dissent.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Johnson on Cheltenham v Dover

"In the dressing room I put a big sheet of paper on the wall that says 'can you make today your day?' today it was Billy Waters' day and he won us the game.

"A little change of positioning for him, he got his goal so I knew he would be in credit, and Billy in credit is very confident and now we'll see him back to his pre-season self.

"We kept going, we didn't think they'd play at the same tempo for the whole game and of course then they got their sending off. I was hoping that then there was only going to be one winner and that proved to be the case."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 24Dickie
  • 6Parslow
  • 5Downes
  • 2Barthram
  • 4Storer
  • 7PellBooked at 28mins
  • 8WatersSubstituted forRoweat 85'minutes
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forVaughanat 46'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Vaughan
  • 27Cooke

Dover

  • 1Walker
  • 2MagriBooked at 54minsSubstituted forGibbsat 59'minutes
  • 5RaggettBooked at 90mins
  • 6OrluBooked at 81mins
  • 15Grimes
  • 16SterlingSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 17Deverdics
  • 8Bellamy
  • 18Parkinson
  • 9MillerSubstituted forOfori-Acheampongat 80'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 23PayneBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 11Diallo
  • 12Ajala
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
  • 20Gibbs
  • 21Thomas
Referee:
Mark Pottage
Attendance:
2,021

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamDover
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Dover Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Dover Athletic 2.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

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

Booking

Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Jack Barthram tries a through ball, but Jack Barthram is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Rowe replaces Billy Waters.

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Dover Athletic 2. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Dickie.

Booking

Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Dover Athletic).

Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Duane Ofori-Acheampong replaces Ricky Miller.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town).

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Aswad Thomas replaces Tyrone Sterling.

Attempt missed. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

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