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MAGPIES: Cup game is a must win warns Simkin
PHIL Simkin has warned Shortwood United there will be no cup upsets at the Avenue tomorrow (3pm).
The Dorchester Town boss knows all about producing shocks in the FA Cup and he is not ready to be on the receiving end of one this weekend.
Southern League Division One South & West outfit Shortwood head to the county town in the hope of making it through to the third qualifying round – but Simkin isn’t ready to let that happen.
After seeing his team finally secure a first league win of the season at the eighth time of asking last Saturday, Simkin says he has seen a marked difference in the atmosphere around the club.
Dorchester are without Jamie Gleeson, Jake Smeeton (both injured) and Lewis Morgan (suspended) for the game, but Simkin has boosted his squad by securing the signing of Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield on a month-long loan deal.
Both Wakefield, whose move was set to be made official last night, and fellow Cherrie loanee Aristide Bassele have had permission to play tomorrow and with £4,500 on offer for the winners, victory is a must for the Magpies.
“It’s a massive game which we have to win,” admitted the Magpies’ chief. “It’s really important for the club that we do.
“We know what we’re up against and we don’t want to fall into the trap that the team from the higher division can.
“Sides come to our stadium and the place lifts them, and Shortwood will be no different.
“They will fancy their chances and will be flying, but so will we and they are not going to be in for an easy ride.
“The Chelmsford win has lifted the whole place and the lads have really been on it in training.
“The players have been annoyed with people writing them off and if Shortwood think they are going to find us an easy touch they are wrong.”
Simkin has again expressed his gratitude to Bournemouth for helping them out with another loan player in the shape of Wakefield.
The youngster could be vital to the Magpies’ hopes of pulling away from the bottom of the Skrill South during his month-long stay given Gleeson’s shoulder problem and Morgan’s three-game ban.
“Josh is a very tidy player with a good knowledge of the game,” added Simkin. “He doesn’t give the ball away easily and is exactly what we need.
“We’re missing Glees but Josh will fit in nicely and again I have to thank Steve Purches and Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
“I’ve built up a good relationship with them and these loan deals are good for both clubs.”
Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Green, Bell, Brooks, Jermyn, Walker, Pugh, Martin, Wakefield, Way, Beasley, Crittenden, Bassele, Watson, Sandercombe
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