Andy Hessenthaler has urged his players to hold their nerve as the National League survival battle begins to intensify, Kent Online report.

Saturday’s injury-time home defeat to Harrogate stretched Dover’s winless run to four games and dropped them back into the bottom four for the first time since Boxing Day.

Boss Hessenthaler said getting out of the bottom four had given his players a big lift at the time and he hopes slipping back into the drop zone doesn’t now have a negative effect.

He said: “I hope it doesn’t, because we’ve got to stick together. When we came in we knew the mountain we had to climb, we started to climb it and now we can’t afford to have a slip-up.

“For me we’ve got to win six games out of our last 13. It’s at that point now where you’ve got to hold your nerve.”

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