PHIL Simkin hopes winning the September manager of the month award does not prove to be the “kiss of death”.

The Dorchester Town boss, whose side visit Salisbury City in tonight’s top-of-the-table clash (7.45pm), was yesterday revealed as the latest recipient of the Blue Square Bet South gong and while delighted to see his efforts recognised, Simkin knows he could not have done it alone.

Therefore, upon hearing the news, the former Hamworthy United chief was quick to pay tribute to his players and backroom staff.

Speaking to Echosport, Simkin said: “It’s usually the kiss of death isn’t it?

“I feel a bit embarrassed to be honest as I feel it should be a team award.

“I’m really proud to accept the award but I do so on behalf of the players, my assistant Stuart Heath, our physio Damion Maston and our kitman Derek Taylor because it’s a group effort.

“It’s a terrific award to receive and I’m chuffed to bits, I just hope it’s not the kiss of death for tonight.”

Since Simkin’s promotion to the county town hot-seat back in October last year, albeit temporary at first, the Magpies have gone from strength-to-strength.

Portsmouth legend Alan Knight did assume the reins for a four-month spell in between but following his departure in early April, Simkin was finally put in charge on a permanent basis.

Ashley Vickers’ former assistant has also introduced an attractive style of play at the Avenue, and the results speak for themselves. The past month has seen the Magpies pick up 12 points from a possible 15 in the league, as well as book their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

And Dorchester currently sit second in the table, level on points with this evening’s opponents.