Andy Hessenthaler believes seven wins could be enough to secure Dover’s survival in the National League, Kent Online report.

Ahead of Saturday’s home derby with Bromley Whites sit in 18th, with 31 points from 29 matches.

Twenty of those points have come from the last nine fixtures, and manager Hessenthaler feels a similar return during the closing four months of the campaign would keep Dover out of the drop zone.

While Guiseley needed 51 points to stay up in 2016/17 Barrow survived with 49 points last season, and Halifax (47 points in 2015/16) and Welling (45 points in 2014/15) both achieved the feat with less.

Hessenthaler, who is targeting the 50-point mark, said: “We know what we’ve got to do, I think everybody says 50 don’t they? I think that’s the mark.

“I’ve looked at the league over the years, I think a few years back 45, 46 kept you up so we’ll look at the 50 and go from there.

“We feel we’ve got to win another seven games out of 17. It’s still a tall order but I think we can do it.”

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