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Dover Athletic glad to be back home after long away trips

Dover hope to kickstart their season in their familiar home surroundings after a slow start to the campaign.

Whites have picked up four points from their opening five games in the National League and conceded 12 goals.

This has included 688 and 624 mile round trips to Gateshead and AFC Fylde respectively.

Dover will hope to pick up points on Saturday at home to Andy Hessenthaler’s Eastleigh after a disappointing trip to Fylde on Saturday where they lost 4-0.

Jake Leberl. Picture: Tony Flashman
Jake Leberl. Picture: Tony Flashman

Assistant manager Jake Leberl said: “We’ve had a couple of long away trips and it’s always a big ask of the players to do that all in a day.

“We have been different at home. We have done well in both the Wrexham game we lost and the win against Havant. So we will be looking for three points against Eastleigh.

“Going to Fylde is tough and there is no reason to panic yet.”

Dover will then travel to Leyton Orient on Bank Holiday Monday and Leberl tips the side to be near the top at the end of the season after their unbeaten start.

Leberl said: “I thought they (Leyton Orient) have some good players but were not quite a team last year. “

They have the potential to win the league this year with a manager who has done that before.

“First we will concentrate on the Eastleigh game and then look to the Leyton Orient match. We have to be a lot better than we were against Fylde.”

Dover may still look to make additions to their squad if the right player comes along.

Leberl said: “We are still trying to recruit but it’s difficult. I do think we are a little bit light in midfield still and we are always looking to improve as we go.

“There is nothing in the immediate future but if the right player comes along, then we will look to sign them.”

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