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MAGPIES: FA Cup draw is tailor-made for Dorchester
7:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
PHIL Simkin has described his side’s FA Cup home draw against Shortwood United as a ‘tailor-made’ tie.
The Magpies enjoyed an historic run to the second round last season and their determined boss believes this latest match-up is an ideal start in this season’s competition.
Simkin, pictured, told Echosport: “All you can hope for in the FA Cup is a home draw against a team from a lower league and that is exactly what we have got.
“They will have nothing to lose when they come here and will no doubt be up for it, but the situation is tailor-made for us and it’s important we make the most of it.”
Shortwood, who knocked Dorch-ester’s fiercest rivals Weymouth out of last season’s FA Trophy, currently sit 12th in Calor Southern Division One South & West, having claimed just eight points from their opening six games.
But despite them being two divisions below his side, Simkin is not taking them lightly. He added: “They are at Tiverton Town on Saturday so I will definitely be getting someone to do a report for me and doing all the homework on them I can. “At the end of the day though, it is likely to come down to us and what team we can put out on the pitch.”
Lewis Morgan is expected to miss the tie through suspension following the red card he picked up in Saturday’s defeat against Bishop’s Stortford, while Aristide Bassele will need permission to play from his parent club AFC Bournemouth.
Simkin, who is hoping to bring in another loanee from the Cherries before the end of the week, said: “I am waiting to see whether the Bournemouth lads will be able to play or not.
“At the end of the day their first-team boss Eddie Howe will have to make that decision, so we will just have to see what he decides.”
The Magpies have only picked up one point from a possible 21 in Skrill South so far this season, and with budgets cuts having been enforced during the summer, a decent cup run is essential to secure some much-needed revenue.
A cash pot of £4,500 is up for grabs for all the second qualifying round winners with a further £7,500 on offer in the third qualifying round.
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