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MAGPIES: Simkin aiming to build on priceless win
PHIL Simkin has described the confidence gained by the Magpies’ magnificent win at Maidenhead as “priceless”.
And the county town outfit can boost morale further tomorrow when Basingstoke Town visit the Avenue (3pm).
Dorchester have taken six points from the last nine on offer in the league and the boss, pictured, is upbeat over his side’s chances this weekend.
“Basingstoke are always difficult and they have spent a lot of money this year,” he said. “But I quite fancy our chances the way we’re playing.
“We’ve got some confidence after the win at Maidenhead and that’s something you can’t buy.
“We’ll be looking to put on a performance in front of our own supporters and get some points on the board.
“We’ve taken six from nine in the last three league games and that’s not bad going.”
He went on to add: “We’ve always been very much together as a squad but the confidence a win like last Saturday’s gives you is priceless.
“Perhaps the lads were down a few weeks ago when they felt everything was going against them. But hopefully our luck has changed a little bit and we can really start to push on.”
Defender Steve Walker returns for the Skrill South clash after suspension but Danny Green (hamstring) is unlikely to be involved after coming off early in the midweek friendly against Yeovil Town.
Ashley Vickers, Jake Rowley, Josh Wakefield and two-goal Maidenhead hero Brandon Goodship, pictured, sat out the 6-0 defeat to the Glovers but are back in the squad for tomorrow.
And if Basingstoke’s current form away from home is anything to go by, the Magpies are in with a good shout of recording back-to-back successes.
After winning at Concord on the opening day of the season, ’Stoke have lost the last four on their travels in Skrill South.
Dorchester came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw in the corresponding fixture last season and knocked the men from Hampshire out of the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Simkin told Echosport, that at the time of going to press, he had received no further offers for his players who remain on the transfer list.
Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Brooks, Bell, Smeeton, Jermyn, Walker, Vickers, Martin, Gleeson, Rowley, Crittenden, Wakefield, Goodship, Beasley, Way, Gape, Twyford, Munday, Jevon
*A team made up of Dorchester Town supporters take on a Heritage of Dorchester Volkswagen XI at the Avenue on Sunday (1pm).
Admission is £1 and all proceeds raised on the day will go towards the county town club.
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