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MAGPIES: Ash wins over the doubters
5:30am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
THE return of Ashley Vickers to the Avenue earlier this season raised a few eyebrows among the Dorchester Town faithful – and captain Mark Jermyn has revealed he too had doubts over the former player-manager’s move back to the Magpies.
Jermyn has admitted to Echosport he was “sceptical” when Vickers accepted an SOS call from boss Phil Simkin last month.
At the age of 41 and having not played a competitive match for some time, the Dorchester skipper felt Vickers might not have been up to the task.
But after playing alongside the ex-Magpies’ chief in the last few weeks Jermyn has seen at first hand just how valuable someone like Vickers can be to the team’s cause.
“There were a lot of questions asked about Ash when he came back to the club,” said Jermyn. “And I don’t mind admitting that I was quite sceptical of it because of his age.
“But what I would say now is that age really doesn’t matter if you’ve got the desire and will to win, and you can keep yourself in shape.
“Ash is testament to that and, since he has come on board, he has been one of our better players.
“I’ve known him for years and know exactly what type of character he is, and he was definitely one of those characters we needed at the time he came back.
“His attitude was never in doubt for me, it was just his age, but he must spend about 23 hours of the day in the gym and has still got the hunger for the game.
“You can’t buy experience like his and when he is playing with someone like Calvin Brooks, who is still extremely young, it can only be good.”
Jermyn played in front of Vickers in the win at Maidenhead with the former scoring his first goal of the season in the 3-1 triumph.
After he opened his account it was left to on-loan Brandon Goodship to steal the show with a double, and Jermyn has been pleased to see a change in the youngster’s game since he was last with the county town club earlier this term.
He added: “Being in full-time football at Bournemouth, Brandon is going to be sharp but one thing I would say about him is that he has come back with a better work ethic.
“I think he found last time that our league is not as easy as some think it is and he has adapted his game second time around.”
*A team made up of Dorchester Town supporters take on a Heritage of Dorchester Volkswagen XI at the Avenue tomorrow (1pm). Admission is £1 and all proceeds will go towards the club.
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