MAGPIES: Simkin hopes for a change of luck

IN SQUAD: Clive Makoni

IN SQUAD: Clive Makoni

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

PHIL Simkin is desperate to see his side turn performances into points – and he wouldn’t mind a bit of good luck to help them do just that.

The Magpies’ supremo reckons the county town club have lacked the rub of the green this season and he certainly doesn’t believe in the notion that you make your own luck.

A trip to Eastbourne Borough awaits Simkin’s men today (3pm), and should the fixture beat the weather, the Dorchester boss will be looking for something tangible from the game.

The defeat to Farnborough last time out was the Magpies’ fifth in a row but Simkin felt it was a much-improved performance after a couple of below-par displays.

And now it is all about getting points on the board in the quest to keep their place in Skrill South at the end of the season.

“We have to start turning these performances into points now,” he said.

“It was a great performance last Saturday, probably the best we have played for a long time, but we still came out of it with nothing.

“I just wish the ball would start dropping for us. We hit the post against Farnborough and it went out of play, they hit the post and it came back to their lad and he scored.

“We have had no luck whatsoever.

“People say you make your own luck but the thing that’s wrong with that is it’s rubbish, you don’t make your own luck.”

A 0-0 draw against Eastbourne at the end of November will give Dorchester belief that they can go to Priory Lane in East Sussex and push Tommy Widdrington’s side all the way.

“I thought that apart from the first 10 minutes when we were under the cosh we did well against them,” added Simkin.

“We matched them and I was a little bit disappointed we didn’t win on the day.

“They have strengthened since we played them and brought in a couple of front players so we know it’s going to be a difficult game.”

Clive Makoni returns to the Magpies’ squad following a three-game ban and Simkin was set to discover last night whether Fraser Colmer would be available.

Harry Bell and on-loan Jake McCarthy remain on the sidelines as they continue their recovery from ankle injuries, though the latter is close to making a comeback.

Meanwhile, young defender Tony Rolls has joined Southern Premier League outfit Bashley on loan and is set to make his debut next Tuesday at home to Chippenham.

Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Case, Colmer, Smeeton, N Walker, Jermyn, Lanahan, Gleeson, Crittenden, Makoni, Losasso, Byerley, Way, Munday, Tennant, Twyford, Brooks

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