MAGPIES: Phil’s plans are hit by the rain



First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

PHIL Simkin has expressed his frustration at the way the current spell of wet weather is affecting his plans for the Magpies’ next match.

The county town club face another big test on Saturday when they go to Boreham Wood, but the heavy rain that has blighted the region of late is causing them a few headaches.

Simkin was hoping to use tonight’s reserve-team game against Moneyfields as preparation for the weekend fixture.

However, with that being postponed yesterday, the squad took part in a hastily-arranged indoor training session last night.

“We trained on the astroturf on Saturday morning when we knew our home game was off, but a third of the players couldn’t get there because of the road closures caused by the rain,” said Simkin.

“Then we had to change training nights from Tuesday to Monday because we had planned to use the reserve game which was off.

“Hopefully we can get a decent session in on the 3G on Thursday because it’s a massive game for us at Boreham Wood.

“We’ve got people coming to training from different places so we want to keep them together as best we can.

“It’s a nightmare for everybody. We would be a bit more relaxed about it if we were in a decent position in the league.

“But in our position you can’t relax about anything and the rain is making things 10 times worse.”

Simkin is without the suspended Mark Jermyn, Steve Walker and Clive Makoni for Saturday but new loan signings Jake McCarthy and Charlie Lasasso are available.

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