Wilkins warning for Magpies

CUP MEMORIES: Mark Jermyn against Oxford United in 2008

CUP MEMORIES: Mark Jermyn against Oxford United in 2008

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

RICHARD Wilkins has warned the Magpies that his side are more than capable of shooting them down in this afternoon’s huge FA Cup tie.

The Bury Town boss believes he has uncovered several weak spots in the Dorchester Town line-up but admits his men will only be able to exploit them if they are at the top of their game.

With £12,500 up for grabs and the chance to be in the hat alongside clubs like Sheffield United, Coven-try City and Portsmouth for the first round proper, today’s meeting at the Avenue Stadium (3pm) promises to be a cracker and Wilkins is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game.

“They are very good at home on a big pitch, but on the whole, apart from the odd blip, we have been good this season and against better teams we raise our game.

“We are going there confident and knowing what to expect.

“We are preparing well by going down the night before, so with that preparation, it is all down to us to perform.”

He went on to add: “If we play well to a man then I think we have got a great opportunity to make the first round, but if we don’t then we are in for a tough day.

“It’s about how we play because I’m confident that if my lads play to their levels then we can get a result at their place.

“There are areas of their team we can exploit, but I just feel it’s all about us and our levels.

“It’s about us going there, not getting fazed and playing our game.”

Bury currently lie seventh in the Ryman Premier but hold games in hand on all six teams above them due to their ongoing exploits in the cup.

They are also unbeaten on the road in the league and have won eight of their last 11 outings.

In comparison, Dorchester sit fourth in Blue Square Bet South with a 100 per cent home record in all competitions (seven games), and are hoping to reach the first round for the first time since 2008 – when they took Oxford United to a replay before bowing out 3-1 after extra-time.

* Ticket prices for today’s match, which is all pay, are as follows: Adults £11/£10, concessions £7.50/£6.50, 12 to 16-year-olds £5, under-12s £3.

* Truro City have been reprieved from being expelled from the Blue Square Bet South after two businessmen lodged a £50,000 bond with the league.

Pete Masters and Philip Perryman have paid the bond to cover costs of other clubs going to Truro, who are in administration, if they go bust.

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