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Dover Athletic skipper Mitch Brundle looks forward to Gateshead return

By Mark Stokes

Mitch Brundle says there will be no room for sentiment when he returns to Gateshead for the first since since his summer switch to Crabble.

The 22-year-old Dover skipper still has a number of friends at his former club but admits his only concern on Saturday will be returning from the International Stadium with three National League points.

Brundle, who played 34 times for The Heed last season before joining Whites in May, said: “I played there all last season and when you go and play your old club, you want to beat them and that’s what I want to do on Saturday.

Mitch Brundle Picture: Tony Flashman
Mitch Brundle Picture: Tony Flashman

“I’ve got a few mates still in the team but I like to just turn up and do my job.

"You might have a bit of banter here and there but if you turn up on the day and don’t do your job, then all the banter you’ve been throwing out through the week comes and bites you. I’ll just treat it as I treat any other game.”

Brundle admitted Whites were gutted to have conceded a 93rd-minute equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Maidenhead but they bounced with Tuesday's fine 3-1 win over Woking at Crabble.

The result reinforced Brundle's belief that Whites have developed an uncanny knack for bouncing back after every setback.

He added: “The good thing about this team is that when we do make a mistake that costs us, we learn from it quickly. So far we have not made the same mistake twice, so let’s hope we can continue in that vein.”

Paul Lewis played the last game of his month-long loan spell from Cambridge against Woking and boss Chris Kinnear says whether the deal can be extended will be down to the midfielder’s parent club.

Kinnear also hopes to learn soon the full extent of the injuries keeping strikers Tobi Sho-Silva and Jamie Allen out of the squad.

Sho-Silva has what Kinnear described as an ‘ongoing’ knee problem while the issue for Allen is a recurrent hip problem.

Both injuries are being assessed and Kinnear said: “This week we will know exactly how long and how severe they (the injuries) are.”

Defender Femi Ilesanmi misses his first league game of the season after picking up five bookings.

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