Notts County slipped to sixth in the Vanarama National League after drawing with Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Dover came into the contest with the league’s best away record but were unable to break down a Magpies defence that’s impressed in their recent run of form.

December Manager of the Month Neal Ardley revealed in his midweek press conference that Notts were looking for a winger in the transfer window, but their current wide men looked promising against the Whites.

Notts created the first chance of the game as a deep cross came in from the left but Enzio Boldewijn couldn’t catch it cleanly and his shot was cleared.

Boldewijn was involved again on 15 minutes as he played in Wes Thomas but the striker fired into the near side netting.

The hosts were denied a penalty on 25 minutes when handball appeals were turned down by referee Elliott Swallow.

Bobby-Joe Taylor was booked for Dover after 28 for a hard, mistimed challenge on Sam Osborne as the winger looked to break down the right.

Richard Brindley was tackled on the edge of the area as he drove forward and the Magpies got a corner which was delivered by Boldewijn.

The first delivery was cleared and Damien McCrory gave away a foul for a high foot as he stretched to reach the second ball in.

The hosts probably should have gone into the break ahead after Boldewijn’s curling shot from the left was blocked and Worgan saved Wes Thomas’ rebound.

HALF-TIME: NOTTS COUNTY 0 – 0 DOVER ATHLETIC

Wes Thomas had a great chance to open the scoring just a couple of minutes after the break as he was played through but his tame shot was comfortable for Worgan in the visitors’ goal.

Inih Effiong might have made Notts rue their missed chances as he broke forward from a blocked cross but fired over the bar as Slocombe closed down the angle.

Josh Passley’s positive movement gave the County defence a headache all afternoon as he drove in from the right-back position to spread the ball from midfield.

Dover began to boss proceedings from around the 65th minute onwards and had Notts on the ropes but they were able to avert the danger.

Substitute Kristian Dennis flicked his header wide from McCrory’s cross as the Magpies began to grow back into the game.

Ricky Modeste was booked on 79 minutes for an apparent elbow on Notts’ Richard Brindley as a corner was delivered.

Mitch Rose was caught in possession on 86 and Dover broke dangerously but Alex Lacey was on hand to block the shot which looked destined to be the winner.

Penalty shouts were waved away after Nathan Tyson went down in injury time, and Enzio Boldewijn hit the base of the post with a free kick that proved to be the last kick of the game.

FULL-TIME: NOTTS COUNTY 0 – 0 DOVER ATHLETIC

Notts County visit Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday January 25. Kick-off at the Chigwell Construction Stadium is at 3pm.

The Magpies have defeated the Daggers twice this season, once in the National League in October and in the FA Trophy earlier in January.

Notts County: Slocombe, Brindley, Lacey, Rawlinson, McCrory, Rose, Doyle (c), Osborne (Tyson 79′), Boldewijn, Wootton, Thomas (Dennis 67′).

Unused subs: Bakayogo, Bird, Crawford.

Dover Athletic: Worgan, Passley (Reason 90+’), Loko (c), De Havilland, Ogie, Taylor (Rooney 90+’), Woods, Gobern, Rigg, Modeste, Effiong (Yussuf 73′).

Unused subs: L’Ghoul, Munns.

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