Match ends, Dover Athletic 3, Braintree Town 0.
Dover Athletic 3-0 Braintree Town
Dover moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a hard-fought victory over 10-man bottom side Braintree.
The visitors got off to the worst possible start when Ricky Gabriel was dismissed in the fifth minute after a clash with Alfie Pavey, who put Dover ahead soon afterwards.
Danny Searle's 10 men rallied dramatically in the second half as Cameron James hit the bar and Korrey Henry had a penalty saved by Lee Worgan.
Dover finally found some rhythm and Jai Reason doubled their lead with a looping header from Mitch Brundle's ball in the 57th minute.
Brundle then headed in the third after a fine 70-yard run and pinpoint cross by Ricky Modeste.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5LokkoBooked at 46mins
- 21ModesteSubstituted forNorteyat 81'minutes
- 10AllenSubstituted forJeffreyat 73'minutes
- 14PaveySubstituted forEffiongat 71'minutes
- 4EleftheriouSubstituted forMatsuzakaat 77'minutes
- 26GabrielBooked at 5mins
- 35AllenSubstituted forAllenat 82'minutes
- 24MortonBooked at 75mins
- Josh Smith
Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 3, Braintree Town 0.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Nortei Nortey replaces Ricky Modeste.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Daniel Matsuzaka replaces Andrew Eleftheriou.
Callum Morton (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Anthony Jeffrey replaces Jamie Allen.
Goal! Dover Athletic 3, Braintree Town 0. Mitch Brundle (Dover Athletic).
Substitution, Dover Athletic. Inih Effiong replaces Alfie Pavey.
Goal! Dover Athletic 2, Braintree Town 0. Jai Reason (Dover Athletic).
Kevin Lokko (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Dover Athletic 1, Braintree Town 0.
First Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Braintree Town 0.
Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Braintree Town 0. Alfie Pavey (Dover Athletic).
Ricky Gabriel (Braintree Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.