Simkin calls for show of support

POSSIBLE RETURN: Nick Crittenden

POSSIBLE RETURN: Nick Crittenden

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PHIL Simkin has urged the local community to show its support for his high-flying Magpies.

Dorchester Town are revelling in their best ever start to a Blue Square Bet South campaign, which includes boasting a 100 per cent home record.

Despite their trio of victories at the Avenue Stadium, attendances have been somewhat underwhelming with an average of 470 thus far.

And boss Simkin is keen to see an increase tomorrow as Chelmsford City pay a visit to the county town venue (3pm).

He said: “We are playing good football and winning games – I don’t think there is much else we can do to be honest.

“There is no shortage of excitement either so I would like to think we can get a few more people in to support us tomorrow.

“People often don’t realise the difference it makes to the players when you have a big crowd behind you – it’s huge and it pushes you on.”

A further boost to the Magpies’ cause may come from winger Nick Crittenden, who has been struggling with an ankle injury of late.

Simkin added: “Critts is close to starting, which is a massive bonus. We will check on him and if he is okay there is a chance he will play.”

Dorchester go into tomorrow’s encounter on the back of three straight wins. However, their opponents are also in fine form with a four-match unbeaten run under their belt.

Simkin said: “I fully expect tomorrow to be just as hard as, if not harder than Tuesday night against Eastleigh.

“Any side that can go to Dover in midweek and win 1-0 is a bit decent, so we have another big test on our hands.

“With the way we have started the season we just want to keep it going. You get greedy and you want more of it, and there’s no reason why we can’t get more.”

The Magpies altered their system in midweek in a bid to nullify the Spitfires’ greatest threat.

The plan worked to perfection but it remains to be seen what tactics will be employed for the Clarets’ visit tomorrow.

The county town chief added: “I prefer to play two up front, especially at home, but it’s horses for courses and there are times where you have to be sensible.

“We are adaptable though and we can change shape in a game if we need to.”

Meanwhile, the Magpies have made a seven-day approach for Christchurch winger Harry Cornick, 17.

Magpies (from): Matthews, Jermyn, Bell, Martin, Clough, Walker, Brooks, Nicholls, Gleeson, Morgan, Crittenden, Gosling, Malsom, Ward, Watson, Reid.

* Dorchester Town Reserves are also in action tomorrow as they travel to Christchurch (3pm).

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