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Seething Simkin fumes after two-goal lead thrown away
DORCHESTER Town boss Phil Simkin was left seething by his side’s failure to hold on for three points against Hayes & Yeading on Saturday.
Just days after Truro City grabbed an injury-time equaliser at the Avenue the Middlesex outfit did exactly the same as the Magpies threw away a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes to go.
Simkin did not hold back in his assessment of the hosts’ performance in the closing stages, describing it as “inexcusable” while again bemoaning their profligacy in front of goal.
“Up until the last 10 minutes it was probably our best performance of the season and we lost it because experienced defenders switched off when the ball was at the other end of the pitch,” he said.
“Truro was bad enough but that was inexcusable.
“I thought we played very well in the first half but as per usual we don’t score enough goals. We had enough chances though.
“It puts us in a position where we are vulnerable. We had chances to score a third and we didn’t take them and that’s the reason why we’ve dropped four points at home in the last two games.
“It was the same on New Year’s Day. We had chances to score a third then and we didn’t and the upshot is that we have dropped points.”
He added: “It was a good finish by Ben Watson for our second goal and that should have been game over.
“I couldn’t see them scoring, I just couldn’t see it happening.
“But we don’t do anything easy do we?”
After Saturday’s draw also saw the Magpies drop back into the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone on goal difference, the focus will now turn to tomorrow night’s visit of Bromley to the Avenue (7.45pm).
However, Simkin will not have much room for manoeuvre when it comes to making any changes with Nick Crittenden and Lewis Morgan suffering from flu, Arran Pugh struggling for fitness with a groin strain and Jake Gosling back at Exeter after his loan spell came to an end.
“I wish Jake could have gone out with a winning performance,” said the Magpies boss. “Nick and Lewis aren’t going to recover from flu so I’ll have to look at it and decide what we are going to do.
“It’s a chance for the players to make up for what happened, I’m just not sure who is going to play.
“Bromley have got an FA Trophy game on Saturday so it might be that they rest a couple of players.”