MAGPIES: Simkin aims for stability

Dorset Echo: IT'S NOT OVER: Phil Simkin IT'S NOT OVER: Phil Simkin

PHIL Simkin has said he wants to help “stabilise and rebuild” the Magpies next season if they are relegated this term.

However, the Dorchester boss is going to do everything in his power to keep the club in the Skrill South before relegation is confirmed.

The county town side have six games left to save themselves – they go to Hayes & Yeading tomorrow (3pm) – but are five points adrift at the foot of the table.

Tuesday’s deflating 3-0 loss at home to Maidenhead left Simkin feeling duty bound to offer his resignation to the board. However, they turned his offer down.

With a year to run on his contract, Simkin always wanted to stay beyond the end of the current campaign, and he is preparing himself for any eventuality.

“I’ve got another year on my contract,” he said. “If we stay up that would be great, if we don’t, I will be there to stabilise and rebuild in a lower division.

“Realistically, it’s not over until it’s over, and the main thing for us is to get off the bottom rung – that’s the target.

“The thing is, with non-League football, clubs are going out of business left, right and centre, so you don’t know what’s going to happen with relegation.

“I think Dorchester has finished in the bottom three before and stayed up, though we don’t want to rely on that.”

He added: “We need to get some points and score some goals. We can’t afford to miss gilt-edged chances like we did on Tuesday.

“If we had scored one of those I believe we would have won the game.”

Tomorrow’s match is the first between Hayes and the Magpies this season, with three points equally as important for two struggling sides.

Dorchester’s chances won’t be helped by the fact that Jamie Gleeson is going to be missing through injury, while Dan Way has a toe problem and Mark Jermyn is suspended.

The fitness of Warren Byerley will be assessed before kick-off and some of the squad’s fringe players are set to be involved at the Kingfield Stadium.

“Missing Jem and Glees is massive for us,” Simkin continued. “Glees really shouldn’t have played the other night and I can’t see him playing for the rest of the season.”

Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Case, McCarthy, N Walker, S Walker, Smeeton, Lanahan, Crittenden, Losasso, Chamberlain, Munday, Twyford, Makoni, Murphy

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