MAGPIES: Loanee Craig says Dorchester can beat drop

Dorset Echo: JAMIE’S JOY: Jamie Gleeson leads the celebrations after last weekend’s win over leaders Bromley JAMIE’S JOY: Jamie Gleeson leads the celebrations after last weekend’s win over leaders Bromley

NATHAN Craig believes it is only a matter of time before the Magpies are out of the Skrill South drop-zone.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been impressed with the whole set-up at Dorchester Town since joining the club on loan last week, and is adamant the squad possesses the quality to stay up.

Craig, who netted on his debut in the incredible 3-2 win over league leaders Bromley last Saturday, told Echosport: “We need to carry on the way we finished last weekend.

“If we do that over the next four or five games we will soon be out of trouble.

“There are some decent players here that can play even higher and I really don’t think the current league position is where they deserve to be.”

Craig and fellow Torquay United man Ashley Yeoman only joined the county town outfit last Friday but their impact has been instant.

Dorchester boss Phil Simkin believes their extra quality could be the key to his side’s survival bid and Craig is determined to repay that faith.

He added: “The first time I met the manager and the lads at Dorchester was on the Saturday.

“The gaffer (Chris Hargreaves) at Torquay came up to me during training the previous day and said: ‘you are a good player, and I want you to play for me, but you haven’t played for three months, so I would like you to go out on loan. There is an option at Dorchester and you will be playing tomorrow’.

“As soon as he said I would be playing, I had already signed.

“I then travelled up the next day for the Bromley game with Ash and I said to him I had a good feeling we were going to win.

“Bromley had not played for a couple of weeks and I just felt we could catch them out.

“Everyone at Dorchester was very welcoming when we got there and it is a great club full of lovely people.

“During the time I am there, I really want to get them out of trouble and back to where they should be.”

Craig began his career at Everton where he progressed through the youth ranks to the under-18s side and the reserves.

He then went on to make his competitive debut for the club against BATE Borisov in the Europa League in December 2009, only to be released two years later.

A short spell at his hometown club, Caernarfon Town, then followed before a successful two-week trial saw him join Torquay in January 2012.

Since then Craig has made 40 appearances for the Gulls but this season has found minutes hard to come by.

However, with Hargreaves now at the helm following Alan Knill’s sacking back in January, the former Wales Under-21 international is hoping he can prove his worth at Dorchester and get his career back on track.

Craig said: “There is nothing worse than travelling with a side and not even being on the bench and having to watch from the stands.

“All you want to do as a player is play, and to get the full 90 minutes last Saturday and score in a great win was just fantastic.

“The aim now is to help Dorchester by playing well, and hopefully impress the new gaffer at Torquay in the process.”

The Magpies are back in action at fellow strugglers Tonbridge Angels this coming Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, Dorchester Reserves are due to travel to Sholing tonight in the Wyvern Combination Premier Division (7.45pm)

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