The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Ja­son Burns

DOVER ATH­LETIC fi­nally ended their bar­ren Na­tional League run with a vi­tal Na­tional League win at the 15th at­tempt.

A goal in each half from birth­day boy Kevin Lokko and sub Jai Rea­son saw the Kent side move to within touch­ing dis­tance of 23rd-placed Brain­tree and though his team re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble, boss Andy Hessen­thaler was op­ti­mistic fol­low­ing the morale-boost­ing win.

“I’m over the moon for the boys,” said the man­ager af­ter­wards. “We de­served the win and if I’m be­ing hy­per­crit­i­cal, we could have scored a lot more goals.

“We took the con­fi­dence out of the sec­ond half against Da­gen­ham on Tues­day and car­ried it on to­day. Ev­ery­one from one to 11 and all the subs had an im­pact on the game.”

Though it might not have been all smiles from the home side had Mitch Walker not won the show­down when faced with a one-on-one with James Ak­in­tunde.

Whites had al­ready been de­nied when Maiden­head standin keeper Nick Ha­mann de­nied Josh Pass­ley and then hit the post through NLP star man Bobby-Joe Tay­lor’s deft header, but Lokko was on hand to grab the opener, notch­ing his fourth

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