‘Boro opened their Blue Square South campaign with a hard earned point at much fancied Dover Athletic, overturning a two goal half time deficit.
Honours were even in the opening twenty minutes, but Chris Sessegnon gave the home team the lead on 22 minutes when Dover broke swiftly down the right hand side and the Dover man cooly slotted home as the ball fell to him inside the 18 yard box.
Barry Cogan doubled the lead for the hosts on 35 minutes, some ineffective defending allowing Dover to breach ‘Boro’s back line.
Spencer Day rang the changes at half time with Marcus Moody and former Crystal Palace midfielder Jordan Clarke who signed for the club this morning coming on in place of Smith and Abalimba, Bygrave reverting to the right back slot.
Whilst Dover’s performance dropped in the second period, that takes nothing away from ‘Boro who upped their game and on 64 minutes Ciardini and Treacher combined well on the left hand side and Dan Bennett (pictured) headed home Ciardini’s inviting cross.
‘Boro continued to press, and although guilty of missed opportunities, they can be grateful of Craig Bradshaw’s contribution between the sticks, the ‘Boro custodian making a number of essential saves.
Phil Page levelled affairs up on 79 minutes, when upended in the box, he picked himself up to rattle home the resulting penalty.
All things being equal a point was probably the right result on a sweltering afternoon at The Crabble Ground.
Bradshaw, Smith (Moody 46), Treacher, Bosch, Inns, Bygrave, Bennett, Laidler, Page, Abalimba (Clarke 46), Ciardini (Merriman (83).
Unused sub: Norris