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Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler says police checked they were following rules during third national lockdown

Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler has revealed that the police paid them a visit at training on Monday.

Hessenthaler’s squad were returning to training for the first time this year following another isolation period due to a Covid outbreak in their squad.

Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Andy Jones (43911121)
Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Andy Jones (43911121)

But alert neighbours at their K Sports training base in Cobdown spotted the Whites squad and called the authorities.

However, Dover were in the clear as elite sport is allowed to continue during the third national lockdown.

Dover play in the National League which, along with National North and South, is classed as elite football.

“We got stopped at the training ground today,” said Hessenthaler. “We had the police there checking us.

“The neighbours had reported us that we were outside training as a group, they didn’t know that we were elite and allowed to carry on.

“They were being vigilant which is good but we weren’t breaking any rules so we were allowed to carry on.”

Dover are due to return to National League action at home to Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, behind closed doors at Crabble.

Hessenthaler’s men have only played 10 league matches so far this season. Since November 21, they’ve played on FA Trophy tie at Woking and one league game at home to Dagenham on Boxing Day.

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