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Benji blow for Dorchester
DORCHESTER Town are looking for goalkeeping cover after on-loan Benjamin Büchel was stretchered off with a serious knee injury in the 2-1 defeat at Bromley.
The Liechtenstein international (pictured below) has gone back to parent club Bournemouth for treatment with Magpies’ boss Phil Simkin paying tribute to a “very accomplished keeper”.
The full extent of the damage won’t be known until Büchel undergoes a scan on his knee but for the Magpies it means that back-up for Jason Matthews will have to be found.
Speaking after the final whistle in Kent, Simkin said: “It’s a serious knee injury. He came out of his goal to close their player down but I don’t quite know what happened.
“He left the field on a stretcher and was on crutches after the game so it remains to be seen what the damage is.
“It’s too early to make any diagnosis, but it’s obviously not good. He’ll go back to Bournemouth and have a scan and they’ll look after him and manage the situation.
“Benji was outstanding in the game as well so it’s a massive blow to us but one we’ll have to take and move on.
“It’s a great shame because he has played exceptionally well and made one great save in the first half. He’s a very accomplished keeper and an international and that says it all. I feel for the lad because he’s hardly had any football.
“We’re lucky we had Jason on the bench but I’m going to need to look for some back-up now.”
Simkin would ideally like some cover in place for when the Magpies go to Eastbourne Borough tomorrow (7.45pm).
And he wasn’t too downbeat about the reverse against Brom-ley given his side’s impressive run of late.
“We got off to a good start through Ben Watson and I wouldn’t say we were comfortable but did well until half-time,” he added.
“They put us under quite a bit of pressure and scored with a header from a free-kick then got the winner five minutes from the end.
“We were still reeling from the injury and there was nothing Jason could do about the second goal.
“Their celebrations at the end were a bit over the top but I suppose it shows that we are a scalp for teams. The result wasn’t anybody’s fault and it’s not one that’s going to damage us.”