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MAGPIES: Boss Phil Simkin buoyed by team's fighting qualities
DORCHESTER Town’s heroic display at Dover has given boss Phil Simkin renewed hope that there is “light at the end of the tunnel”.
They may have lost in Kent but Simkin’s men made their manager proud with a battling performance that belied the club’s current plight both on and off the field.
After a tumultuous week at the Avenue in which the wage budget was cut, players were put on the transfer list and two key squad members left, there were fears the Magpies might have been on the end of a hiding at the Crabble Athletic Ground.
But in the end they conceded just once and came agonisingly close to claiming a point at the death when Josh Wakefield was unable to direct his header past the grateful Dover keeper.
More departures from the county town club could follow this week but Simkin is in a much more positive mood than he was before the weekend’s 1-0 loss.
“We came away with nothing but the boys were terrific,” he said. “It was all down to sheer team spirit and honesty.
“We played so well and had a chance in the last minute to make it 1-1 but couldn’t quite take it.
“After the week we’d had I didn’t think we had much chance of getting anything from the game and I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but once again this group of players have proved everybody wrong.
“At one stage we had six players on the pitch who weren’t earning a penny playing for us and we came perilously close to taking a point.
“They might not be up there with the true quality in this league but sometimes guts and effort will get you through.
“Ashley Vickers was incredible and I thought he and Steve Walker were the best players on the pitch.
“I gave a speech beforehand about not being afraid to fail as long as you take the challenge on and give it your best shot.
“They went out there with that in their heads and they were throwing their bodies all over the place.
“They were asked to do certain jobs and they did them superbly and I can genuinely see light at the end of the tunnel.
“There is a long way to go this season, a long way, and we are not dead and buried yet.”
Simkin said he may actually be able to add to his squad this week.
He added: “There is a possible chance I could be bringing in a front player this week because we are in desperate need of goals.
“We’ve got a bit of breathing space to do that now and we’re working on it, but I’m much more buoyant now after seeing that performance.
“We will take stock this week and see who else leaves. “I’m hoping no-one else will but we will just have to take things day by day.”
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