INDESTRUCTIBLE skipper Mark Jermyn is adamant he will be fit to face Plymouth Argyle.
It was feared the Magpies’ leader had sustained a fractured cheekbone following a clash of heads in the weekend defeat to Tonbridge Angels – Dorchester’s first loss at the Avenue since April 14 – and would therefore miss Sunday’s FA Cup clash with the Pilgrims.
The 31-year-old was substituted at half-time and taken straight to hospital but it was later revealed that he had merely suffered heavy bruising.
Jermyn told Echosport: “It felt like I had fractured it but it’s just bruised and it’s not going to stop me playing on Sunday.”
Chris Piper’s first-half double put the Angels in command on Saturday and although Jon Garcia bagged his first goal for the club in emphatic style with only 20 seconds gone in the second period, the Magpies were unable to force an equaliser.
Manager Phil Simkin said: “Jon scored an incredible goal to get us back in the game and I thought we would go on and get something out of it.
“With the greatest respect to their manager Tommy Warrilow, who has been a friend of mine for years, we have lost our home record to the worst side we have played here this season.
“It’s happened due to two poor pieces of defending, which is something we are not known for.”
Asked if the upcoming visit of Argyle had any influence on Satur-day’s result, Simkin added: “I don’t know but I certainly can’t say that anyone held back.
“I deliberately left Ben Watson and Ashley Nicholls out because I didn’t want to risk them getting injured and that didn’t help, but we lost the game because of two pieces of poor defending.”
* Jamie Reid’s loan from Exeter City has been extended by three days, allowing him to feature in the FA Cup match against Argyle.
* The Magpies have announced that there will not be any parking for supporters of either team at the Greene King Community Stadium on Sunday.
However, there will be a limited number of disabled parking spaces.
Apply to the club’s office on 01305 262451 for a pass.