Heath: Cup success was one to remember

CLOSE CALL: Charlie Clough hits a Plymouth post with a header

CLOSE CALL: Charlie Clough hits a Plymouth post with a header

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STUART Heath believes the Magpies’ victory over Plymouth Argyle will be remembered for a very long time.

The assistant-manager thought the whole club was magnificent on the night and sees no reason why the momentum cannot continue.

Heath said: “With occasions like that you never quite know how people are going to perform because it is such a different game with the television cameras and the crowd.

“However, we went into it with a clear game plan and put our trust in the players and they delivered.

“We just wanted them to do themselves justice and in many ways the performance was even more pleasing than the result because it proved these lads can go out and perform on the big stage.

“Even in the first 10 minutes it was clear they were relaxed and not overawed by the situation, and the way we knocked it about at times in such tricky conditions was just fantastic.

“I also thought the crowd were spectacular. They really lifted the players, particularly towards the end, and I don’t think their contribution can be underestimated either.

“They cheered every header, every tackle and every free-kick we won and that really helped to keep the lads going.

“It was just a fantastic effort all round, not only by the team but by everyone associated with the club and it will be an occasion that people won’t forget for a very long time.

“For the chairman Shaun Hearn and first-team boss Phil Simkin in particular, it is great to see them get the rewards they deserve. The hard work they have put into this club in recent years has been incredible and they deserve this moment.

“As for the players, they can look back at Sunday night with a lot of pride for themselves and for each other.”

Dorchester will now travel to either Luton Town or Nuneaton Town in round two.

The two Blue Square Bet Premier outfits are due to contest their replay a week today.

Heath concluded: “We have real mixed feelings about the draw as we would have preferred a League team. However, whoever we face, it is a tie we have a real chance in.

“Like with every game, we will do as much homework as possible and go into it well organised and looking to put in a good display.”

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