Massive week for Magpies

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Dorchester Town are bracing themselves for a “massive week” – which starts with tomorrow’s visit of fellow high-fliers Welling United (3pm).

Following tomorrow’s clash with the Wings, who currently sit third in Blue Square Bet South, the second-placed Magpies travel to table-topping Salisbury City on Tuesday night before hosting Basingstoke Town next Saturday in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Despite the daunting run of fixtures, boss Phil Simkin is confident in his side’s ability to prolong their impressive start to the season.

He said: “We have a massive week ahead of us.

“We’ve got a big game tomorrow, a big game at Salisbury on Tuesday and then another big game next Saturday in the FA Cup – they just keep coming.

“But we are confident at the moment, things have been going well and we have had a good start to the season.”

Focusing his attention on tomorrow’s encounter at the Greene King IPA Community Stadium, where Dorchester are yet to be defeated this term, Simkin added: “Welling are always a good side.

“They are big and strong but they also have a lot of flair about them, so it will be difficult.

“We are looking forward to it though. We are unbeaten at home and we want to keep that going.

“We also have a record of doing quite well against Welling so we will look to maintain that as well. As per usual, the boys will give it their best shot.”

The Magpies have received a double boost ahead of the fixture with news that Jamie Reid and Jake Gosling have seen their loan spells extended by a further month.

Simkin said: “Exeter City have agreed to let us keep both Jamie and Jake for another month, which we are delighted about.

“This will be the last month we can extend Jamie’s loan until Christmas. He has done really well for us and he will be a big miss when he goes, so that is something I will have to start working on.

“I left Jake out of the side last weekend because I did not feel that we would need him and I didn’t want to cup-tie him, which Exeter are pleased about.”

Winger Nick Crittenden could return to the starting XI tomorrow after coming through Tuesday night’s reserve match unscathed.

Fit-again full-back Jake Smeeton also featured in the 3-1 win over Wimborne but is unlikely to feature tomorrow following a five-month spell on the sidelines.

The county town chief added: “A lot of the lads got a run out on Tuesday night in the reserves and got minutes under their belts.

“Smeets looked sharp given the amount of time he has been out but Neil Martin has the shirt on merit.

“Critts needed that 90 minutes on Tuesday as his ankle has caused havoc this season.

“He seemed to come through the game okay so hopefully he will be all right for tomorrow. He is a big player for us.”

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

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