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Fiore Off In Wet

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Att: 619
Dover Athletic
0 - 1
Slough Town
Walker o.g. (73)
Mark Fiore
Mark Fiore received his marching orders for a second bookable offence as he helped his side to a useful second win in two weeks at a rain-soaked Dover on Tuesday night.

The winger had already had his name taken for clattering into an Athletic player, but was finally dismissed by the Chingford referee after an innocuous-looking tackle late-on. He will now miss three games, with his suspension beginning in two weeks' time.

His loss may well prove vital given the number of vital openings he created both in this game and previous outings. Indeed. strikers West and Bushay should have chalked up a cricket score against the lacklustre bottom side after dominating the game from start to finish.

The win guided the Rebels to fifth place in the Conference and maintained their impressive record of four wins in five away games so far this term. A more convincing haul would have been on the cards for the visitors had it not been for the heroics of 'keeper Efrem Ebbli, a former Serie B import whose acrobatics between the posts kept the Rebels out until the 73rd minute of the game.

The tall Italian denied the marauding frontmen time and time again and kept the Kent basement side battling vainly for their first points since the season's opening day right until the end.

Garfield Blackman's lightning pace ran Dover ragged in the first half and produced a fine tip-over from Ebbli, the pick of his saves. Bushay should have netted a hat-trick as Slough stepped up the pace even further after the break, and West would have added another two to his impressive tally but for the 'keeper's antics.

It all left Dover's new boss Peter Taylor, who had only taken over at the Port club that morning, with plenty to mull over. The decisive goal came soon after Athletic had been reduced to 10 men after substitute Andy Theodosiou had been sent off for retaliation during a bad-tempered goalmouth set-to. Dover defender Dave Walker was the culprit, sliding the ball past his own 'keeper after a cross had been whipped in from the right on the skiddy pitch.

As the home side rallied late-on, it was much maligned stand-in goalkeeper Delroy Preddie who ensured the points returned to Berkshire with two brilliant saves as he stole the show and maintained his side's lead.

He pulled off an excellent reaction stop from a powerful Tony Rogers header as the pressure was piled on and then caught brilliantly in mid-air to deny sub Malt Carruthers deep into injury time.

Dover Athletic Line up

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