Havant & Waterlooville
Nortey 36' Allen (p) 67' Brundle 78' Lokko 86'
Fogden 48' Pavey 50' Lewis 52'
The Hawks went 3-1 up in the game courtesy of a 7 minute blitz early in the second half but Dover came back to win the game with 5 minutes to go.
The result leaves the Hawks 22ndin The National League table.
Lee Bradbury made 2 changes to the team that started Saturday’s game against AFC Fylde with Theo Lewis and Dan Strugnell coming into the line-up in the places of Bradley Tarbuck and Alfie Pavey.
The first half however would be a slow burner and one that would see the home side in the ascendancy. Dover’s first opportunity came courtesy of Nortey as he curls an effort from 25 yards just wide of goal.
Then on the half hour mark Young was called into action as Effiong in space twisted and turned and got his shot away but Young got a big hand to match the effort and keep the score at 0-0.
And then seconds later Connors swung a great ball into the penalty area but Young parried it away to stop the danger.
Whilst for the Hawks their first chance of note came 10 minutes before the interval as Andreas Robinson fires in a delightful ball into the penalty area cleared as far as Dan Strugnell who fires a thunderous effort which forces Walker to make a save.
Within 60 seconds of that Dover took the lead as Nortei Nortey from 35 yards unleashed a curling effort which beats the Hawks defence and then Ryan Young in the Hawks goal to nestle into the top right-hand corner.
But it would be the Hawks that would have the final chance of the half as a free kick off the training ground left the Dover defence frazzled as Stock rolls it to Lewis who from 25 yards takes a shot parried by Walker but no one would be on the other end of the rebounded ball.
Lee Bradbury made a change at half time with Alfie Pavey coming on to replace Andreas Robinson.
And the second period would be one of the craziest imaginable with the game seesawing on a number of occasions.
Within 2 minutes of the restart the Hawks got themselves back level as Wes Fogden got his name on the scoresheet following a rebound from Alfie Pavey’s deflected shot which sees his from 12 yards hammer it home to get the Hawks on terms.
Then 2 minutes after that the game completely turned on its head as Fogden, the scorer turned provider, curls a ball into the penalty area towards Pavey who heads it into the top right hand corner to put the Hawks in front for the first time as a fifth tier team.
And two suddenly became three in a magical 7 minute spurt for the Hawks as Dan Strugnell played a ball into the path of Theo Lewis who nods home to give the Hawks a two goal lead.
But nothing in this match was for certain and any logic or rulebook was thrown out the window in the second half and with 25 minutes to play Dover won a penalty as Robinson was deemed to have fouled Allen in the penalty area by referee James Oldham, penalty to the hosts.
It would turn out to be Jamie Allen, the man who won them the penalty, to step up to the spot to face Ryan Young from 12 yards and it would be converted from 12 yards sending Young the wrong way to slot it into the bottom right hand corner to make it 3-2.
Then with 20 minutes left to play Rory Williams came to the Hawks’ rescue as he heads the ball off the line following a Dover corner.
But with 10 play Dover made it 3-3 as following a Whites corner Mitch Brundle slots it into the bottom left hand corner as the hosts draw level from 3-1 down.
And the hosts would with 5 minutes left to play take the lead as Kevin Lokko heads home following a Dover corner. Deflation on the Hawks bench.
But the Hawks wouldn’t give up, the board reading 5 minutes for stoppage time. There was still time people felt for the Hawks to grab an equaliser with the pendulum swinging once more.
Hawks’ first injury time opportunity came from Alfie Pavey as he flicked the ball goal bound but Mitch Walker would find himself equal to the effort.
And then in the last seconds of the game the Hawks won a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area with Pavey again stepping up, but his effort went agonisingly wide by an inch, such a fine margin in an exceptional game.
Hawks deflated following defeat but know in this early stage of the season that time for wound licking is minimal, something which they will relish as they head back on the road once more on Saturday as we head over to Essex to face the Iron of Braintree Town (kick-off 3pm). Lads would appreciate as much support for the lads as possible.