MAGPIES: Brandon bids farewell to Magpies

Dorset Echo: GREAT POTENTIAL: Brandon Goodship GREAT POTENTIAL: Brandon Goodship

PHIL Simkin has wished Brandon Goodship all the best for the future after his return to AFC Bournemouth was finally made official.

The talented striker, pictured, is going to be a huge loss to the Magpies with the county town boss claiming he has all the attributes to become a top player.

Simkin told Echosport: “Brandon has now officially gone back.

“I spoke to him earlier this week and his parents have also sent a lovely email to the club, thanking us for his time here.

“They are such nice people and, as long as Brandon remains injury-free, he has every chance of being a big player in the future.

“He has got everything, every team wants – he scores goals.

“I would think he will now go out on loan to a Conference Premier or League Two club and we all wish him well for the future.”

Losing Goodship is a big blow for the Magpies but with new signing Clive Makoni having recovered from a slight thigh injury and Jack Twyford back from suspension, hopes are high that their upturn in fortunes can still continue.

The Dorchester Town chief is also in advanced talks with a young full-back over a possible loan move, with the paperwork expected to be completed in time for the player to feature at mid-table Farnborough tomorrow (3pm).

Simkin, whose side have picked up eight points from their last five games, added: “Jack Twyford will return to the squad tomorrow and having done remarkably well so far this season, it will be great to have him back.

“Clive Makoni will also be involved and I am hopeful of having a new loan player in too.

“Farnborough are a very good side and possess a front four that is as good as anything else in the league, but if we can defend well and keep it tight, we will stand every chance.

“They are certainly a side we can get at it and, with Nick Crittenden in the form he is in at present, there is no doubt we can open them up.

“When Nick is on his game, he is a huge threat and over the past few weeks, he has been the best I have ever seen him.”

The weather could also play its part this weekend with Farnborough having already contacted the Magpies about the possibility of the game being postponed.

Simkin said: “I have had a call from their manager Spencer Day just to give me a heads up about the conditions up there.

“The forecast doesn’t look good and he reckons more heavy rain will almost certainly cause the game to be off.

“It would be a bit of a blow if that happened but we will just have to wait and see.”

Simkin has also told Echosport that he is casting his eye over another possible new addition.

He revealed: “I cannot say too much about that at the minute other than that he has been playing in America and is currently training with us.”

The Magpies remain at the foot of Skrill South but only on goal difference, with the bottom five sides in the division all on 15 points.

*The reserve-team’s clash at Portchester was postponed.

* The Dorchester Town FC Community Trust board has been confirmed following the organisation’s AGM.

The board includes John Greenslade, Adele Russell, Neal Butterworth, Mark Cope, Richard Coole, Shaun Hearn, Alan Luther, Jon Dickinson, Jon White, Keith Legg, Annie Greenslade, Dave Ring.

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