MAGPIES: League places up for grabs for Dorchester

ON THE MOVE: Jack Twyford has signed for Frome Town

ON THE MOVE: Jack Twyford has signed for Frome Town

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

DORCHESTER Town’s players can go a long way to nailing down a place in Phil Simkin’s plans for Saturday’s first league game of the new campaign when the Magpies take on Yeovil Town at the Avenue tonight (7.30pm).

Boss Simkin has told Echosport that, at the moment, nothing is set in stone in relation to the make-up of his team for that opening Southern Premier League clash away to Arlesey Town.

One player who won’t be in contention for a squad berth is Jack Twyford following his move to Frome Town.

However, Simkin has covered his departure by agreeing terms with midfielder Jason Brookes, the former Bashley man who had been on trial at the Avenue this summer.

The county town side are likely to face a strong Glovers’ outfit tonight, with ex-Magpies’ striker Kieffer Moore expected to return to face his old club in what is the hosts’ final pre-season friendly.

Moore scored for Gary John-son’s men in the League One team’s 2-1 win at Truro City on Saturday, while Dorchester held an extra training session after their trip to AFC Totton was called off.

Having stated earlier in the week that the match would go ahead, the Hampshire club deemed their pitch unplayable just before the Magpies were about to set off for the game.

A lack of rain in recent weeks resulted in the ground becoming too hard for football to be played – the same problem had forced an earlier friendly against Slough to be cancelled as well.

However, after his players got a good workout on the training ground on Saturday afternoon instead, Simkin is looking forward to them getting another one tonight.

The Dorchester manager said: “It won’t be another Bourne-mouth but it will be a massive test for us.

“Yeovil are likely to bring a strong side down and I would imagine Kieffer will be playing.

“This pre-season hasn’t been easy for us but the players have worked very hard and got themselves to the level of fitness they are at now.”

And when asked if places in his side for the Arlesey game were still up for grabs, he added: “Nothing is definite yet.”

Meanwhile, Simkin had no qualms with Totton’s decision to call off Saturday’s friendly.

He went on to say: “If it had been deemed dangerous then we didn’t want to play on it.

“I don’t want to have players picking up injuries for the sake of playing a friendly match.

“You don’t want people twisting ankles a week before the season starts.”

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8:40am Mon 4 Aug 14

palmerrob says...

Should be managers job up for grabs!!
Should be managers job up for grabs!! palmerrob
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10:11am Mon 4 Aug 14

proud maggot says...

Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....
Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question.... proud maggot
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11:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

dayvan_cowboy1 says...

So much hate for Simkins on these Echo comments. I dread to think what he did in a previous life.
So much hate for Simkins on these Echo comments. I dread to think what he did in a previous life. dayvan_cowboy1
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11:32am Mon 4 Aug 14

palmerrob says...

proud maggot wrote:
Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....
His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved
[quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....[/p][/quote]His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved palmerrob
  • Score: 5

6:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

proud maggot says...

palmerrob wrote:
proud maggot wrote:
Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....
His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved
Who is that then Rob?
[quote][p][bold]palmerrob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....[/p][/quote]His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved[/p][/quote]Who is that then Rob? proud maggot
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10:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MadeMeChuckle says...

proud maggot wrote:
palmerrob wrote:
proud maggot wrote:
Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....
His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved
Who is that then Rob?
Just a well get my mm to do the job. Could not do any worse than Mr Simplekins

and she would e cheap
[quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]palmerrob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: Who would you get in for free Palmer Rob? Genuine question....[/p][/quote]His replacement is already at the club, we would not need to bring anyone else in, just a another coach. There are lots of very good coaches that once our Simkin is gone would love to get involved[/p][/quote]Who is that then Rob?[/p][/quote]Just a well get my mm to do the job. Could not do any worse than Mr Simplekins and she would e cheap MadeMeChuckle
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