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Dover Athletic striker Ben Williamson insists the squad remains united despite poor start to season


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Ben Williamson says Dover Athletic's squad remains united despite their dreadful start to the season.

Whites are bottom of the National League and are still yet to register their first win this campaign, something they will look to address this weekend.

Dover forward Ben Williamson in action against Chesterfield this season. Picture: Andy Jones
Dover forward Ben Williamson in action against Chesterfield this season. Picture: Andy Jones

They suffered an eighth loss in 11 league games on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Barnet.

But the ex-Gillingham frontman thinks the Whites are better than the table suggests.

He said: “There are some good boys in there.

"We have got a good group and there is a good togetherness as well, which is imperative in this sort of situation.

“So, as long as we keep sticking together, we will be all right.”

Five of Dover’s eight losses have come by a single goal and the 32-year-old reckons - with a bit more luck - results can improve.

“I just don’t think we have had the rub of the green,” he admitted.

“If you see some of the goals we have conceded, we never seem to get those sorts of chances.

“But we are not scoring enough and we are conceding sloppy goals which is something we can work on.

"That is something we can get better at, so there is hope there."

Whites will have a break from league action this Saturday as they host Yate Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Williamson expects the Southern League Premier Division South side will arrive at Crabble confident of causing an upset.

But he added: “We still believe in ourselves and that’s a game we will be looking to win.”

Despite Dover already being a massive 17 points from safety, Williamson thinks they can avoid relegation.

He said: “It’s a long season. Why would you come in every day if you don’t believe? There is no point.

“So you have got to believe. We are all in the same boat - we all want to get out of it and we all want to win games.”

Williamson played for under-pressure Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler at Eastleigh and arrived at Crabble this summer after leaving league rivals Bromley.

“We are all in the same boat. We are all losing, it’s not just the manager losing,” he said.

“We are coming in and losing games of football. We are all under pressure.

"We all want to get out of it but we are all sticking together.

"That is going to be vital going forwards because the management, the players and everyone needs to stick together to get out of it.”

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