Midfielder Lewis Hardcastle is at a loss as to why AFC keep letting things slide at home, after they squandered a two-goal lead in their defeat against Dover Athletic last Saturday.

The Bluebirds have only won three games at Holker Street since October and their last three matches on their own turf have been particularly frustrating.

They drew against Harrogate Town after racing into a 2-0 lead last month before a slow start the following week led to them losing against a Boreham Wood side who had only won once in their previous 14 games.

But that paled into comparison with the way they subsided after Hardcastle had doubled their lead against Dover, as they conceded three goals in the last 16 minutes.

Hardcastle said: “That seems to happen to us at home, but I don’t know why. I don’t know if there’s any pressure for the lads, but it happens every week; we get into a lead and it just backfires on us.

“There was a quarter of the game to see out after I scored and we should have done it a lot better than we did.

“We caused Dover plenty of problems and we do that to every team in the league, but we need to manage the game a lot better than we do every week. It’s something to work on next season.”