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MAGPIES: Phil Simkin struggling with striking options
DORCHESTER Town’s forward line could have an unfamiliar look to it at Maidenhead United tomorrow (3pm) as boss Phil Simkin tries to find a solution to the club’s current dearth of strikers.
With uncertainty over whether Aristide Bassele's loan spell will be extended, it may be that wide man Jamie Beasley is asked to lead the Magpies’ attack on his own due to a lack of options up front for the county town chief ahead of the Skrill South encounter.
Youngsters Conor Jevon and Dan Munday, who scored a hat-trick for the reserves on Tuesday night, are also set to be involved as well as new attacking midfielder Jake Rowley.
Simkin is not helped by the fact that defensive duo Danny Green and Steve Walker are out through injury and suspension respectively, while Neil Martin is unavailable.
Speaking to Echosport about the lack of forwards, Simkin said: “It’s something we are going to have to try and overcome.
“We’ve put approaches in for several players but we probably can’t do anything until next week.
“We need to strengthen as much as possible in that department while allowing for the financial situation at the same time.
“It’s possible that Jamie Beasley will lead the attack on his own. I know it’s not his game but we need some sort of physical presence up front.”
He continued: “It’s a good chance for untried players to play at a higher level and Jake Rowley will make his debut on Saturday.
“He was with Blackfield & Langley when they dominated the Wessex League last season and he is a good all round footballer.
“Dan Munday is a terrific prospect but he’s only 16 years old. I’m delighted to have Dan on board and he is likely to be a part of the squad at Maidenhead.
“But Dan isn’t the biggest at the moment and as I’ve said before, it’s my responsibility to take care of the welfare of these young lads and I don’t want to see them get hurt.”
Manager Simkin believes Dorchester’s two-week break from first-team action has helped him and the club take stock of their current situation.
“It has given us time to draw breath, regroup and get some approaches in for players,” he added.
“We’ve had a chance to make some enquiries for players, see what is available, and see what’s happening with the lads that are still here.”
Meanwhile, the reserves host South Cheriton at the Avenue tomorrow in the Dorset Senior Trophy (2.30pm).
Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Brooks, Jermyn, Vickers, Smeeton, Way, Gleeson, Crittenden, Wakefield, Rowley, Munday, Jevon, Beasley, Twyford, Gape
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