MAGPIES: Crunch time for Simkin's men

FITNESS DOUBT: Warren Byerley

FITNESS DOUBT: Warren Byerley

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PHIL Simkin believes his Magpies will have every chance of staying up if they continue to produce performances like the one at the weekend.

Dorchester Town beat the Skrill South leaders Bromley 3-2 in an absolute thriller on Saturday but it will mean nothing if they cannot continue that form into their remaining games.

Three of the county town outfit’s next four fixtures are against sides in the bottom seven and the results of those matches could prove pivotal in their ongoing fight for survival.

Tonight they play the first of those six-pointers against Hayes & Yeading at the Avenue Stadium (7.45pm) and Simkin is looking forward to the challenge.

The Dorchester boss told Echosport: “Beating Bromley was fantastic but we cannot afford to get too carried away because there is still an awful lot to do in order for us to stay up.

“The most pleasing thing though, is that we have now shown we have got a chance, and if we can put in a few more performances like that, we will certainly be in with a good shout. “We need to win games and make sure we pick up points in every one we play.

“The teams around us in the table are spending money now to try and make sure they stay up, and what we need to do is keep the pressure on them.”

Hayes sit 16th in the table, seven points above the Magpies with three games in hand, but they are on the slide.

The Middlesex outfit, who are managed by ex-Liverpool defender Phil Babb, have lost their five in the league and have picked up just one win in nine.

Simkin added: “Hayes are not having a great run at the moment but they are not bad.

“They have some good players and are a big, strong side.

“You know you are always going to be in for a battle in this league, whoever you play, and I expect tonight’s match to be no different.”

AFC Bournemouth loanee Jake McCarthy is expected to be included in the Dorchester squad tonight but there are fears surrounding the fitness of Warren Byerley.

Simkin said: “I am not sure if Warren is going to make it. He was tremendous against Bromley on Saturday but he got absolutely battered and we will now just have to see how he is.”

The Magpies initially entertained Hayes back on January 21 but the game had to be abandoned after 35 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.

There are now fears that this evening’s game could be in doubt but Simkin remains hopeful.

He continued: “I am not really sure how much more rain the pitch can take.

“It was very wet after the Bromley game and with the showers we had yesterday, and more forecast for today, it has to be in doubt.

“Hayes have already been down here once already, so we have to be careful.

“Hopefully it will be okay but we will just have to wait and see.”

Magpies: Walker-Harris, Lanahan, Smeeton, Case, Jermyn, N Walker, S Walker, McCarthy, Craig, Gleeson, Crittenden, Losasso, Yeoman, Makoni, Byerley, Munday, Twyford.

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