Will De Havilland scored a quick-fire first-half brace as Dover claimed a much-needed 3-1 Vanarama National League victory over fellow strugglers Barnet, who replaced them at the bottom as a result.
De Havilland opened the scoring for the hosts after 17 minutes as he slotted home the rebound after Barnet goalkeeper Scott Loach saved an effort moments earlier following a free-kick.
The former Wycombe defender doubled Dover’s tally two minutes later as he beat the Barnet defence to fire his second home and give Dover hope of claiming their first win since late October to end a seven-match winless league run.
Summer signing Ahkeem Rose extended the home side’s lead with a volley 10 minutes before the break for his second goal in three matches.
Canada winger Michael Petrasso pulled one back for the Bees on the hour mark for his third goal this season but it was not enough as the visitors went home, still looking for their first point of 2021 as they suffered a fifth straight league defeat.
Barnet manager Tim Flowers was unhappy with his side’s performance following the final whistle and told his players they need to “front up or do one”.
“The first half was an absolute disgrace,” Flowers told the Bees’ website. “We got done by two set pieces. If you can’t head the ball out of your own box in this division then you are absolutely wasting your time.
“I care massively, I’m proud to be manager of this football club, I’m proud to represent it and I’m not going to dig anyone out individually, but I made it clear that if you want to represent this football club, you need to front up or you need to do one basically because I cannot and I will not stand and watch a group of players fold like a deck of cards like they did in the first half.
“Quite clearly the three at the back ain’t working. There’s certain players that ain’t doing it for me. It’s alright me saying that, I need to get some in that do do it for me and I understand that and it’s not easy getting them in, believe me.
“At half-time it was not a nice place to be in our dressing room. Do I get a reaction? Yeah, but well done. It’s too late, it’s too little.
If you don’t want to represent the club and you don’t want to represent the badge, do one. That’s where I’m at.”
Source : times