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MAGPIES: Sandercombe has a number one aim
TIM Sandercombe is desperate to reclaim the number one jersey at Dorchester Town and has the perfect chance to do just that today.
With Alan Walker-Harris serving a one-match ban, Sandercombe is set to take over between the sticks against Bishop’s Stortford (3pm) with the aim of keeping his place in the starting line-up.
Sandercombe started the season as the Magpies’ first-choice keeper after joining in the summer, but his run in the team lasted just two matches before Walker-Harris was drafted in.
The 24-year-old wasn’t helped by the fact that he gave away a penalty in each of the first two Skrill South games.
But the former Truro, Weymouth and Stafford stopper insists he is going to do all he can to make the position his own following a tricky start to his career at the Avenue.
“I was bitterly disappointed and gutted to lose my place so soon into the season,” he said. “Like any player, I never envisage going to a club to just sit on the bench.
“I want to play and that’s what I hoped was going to happen when I joined the club, but it’s not my place to argue with the manager.
“I was disappointed to lose my place and I would have liked to have had a little bit more of a run in the side.
“But Phil is the boss and it’s his job to pick what he thinks is the best team for every game.
“I’ve never given away back-to-back penalties before but there were other things in my game I needed to work on and problems to eradicate, so playing for the reserves has been really good for me.”
He went on to add: “Alan was really unlucky to get sent off because there was nothing he could do about the situation.
“It’s unfortunate for him to be missing the game this weekend as he has been playing so well.
“But for me it’s a chance to get some game time, show what I can do, and hopefully I can do enough to keep my place in the team.”
Boss Phil Simkin is in agreement with Sandercombe that his opportunity today is one he must take with both hands.
“Sometimes people take a bit longer than others to settle at a new club and I think that was the case with Tim,” he said.
“He didn’t have the best of luck in the first few games so I took him out of the firing line and that seems to have worked.
“Tim has been training very well and was exceptional for the reserves on Tuesday and he’s got a great chance now.”
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