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Versatile Martin revelling after great start
NEIL Martin has been described as a “revelation” following his impressive start to the new season.
The left-sided player, who can operate in defence or midfield, has delivered a string of fine displays in the opening four matches of the campaign.
And the icing on the cake came via the winning goal in Monday’s 2-1 victory over previous Blue Square Bet South leaders Bath City.
Martin’s efforts have certainly not gone unnoticed with manager Phil Simkin saying: “Neil has settled in at left-back really well and been one of our better players.
“He has been a revelation and although he has still not quite got a defensive mentality about him, I have been delighted with him.”
Summer signing Charlie Clough has also received praise from the county town boss, who added: “I’ve also been pleased with Charlie and how he has slipped into the team.
“He still has things to learn but we will help him. He has formed quite a barrier with Nathan Walker and between them they don’t lose much in the air.”
Dorchester Town travel to Sutton United this afternoon (3pm) with their match-day squad unlikely to change.
That is because injury victims Jake Smeeton and Andy Masson remain long-term absentees.
Asked for an update on their fitness, Simkin replied: “It’s slow progress I’m afraid.
“Andy’s knee has not responded too well and he might need to have a scan. He is a terrific talent and I feel sorry for him.
“It may well be that Jake needs a scan as well, which is unfortunate. But he is in good hands with our physio Damion Maston and I will just let Damion get on with it.”
Meanwhile, defender Steven Walker, who skippered the club’s reserve side last season, has joined Hamworthy United on loan .
And former Hammers’ chief Simkin believes the move will aid the development of Nathan Walker’s younger brother.
He added: “Steven is on loan at Hamworthy until Christmas.
“Simon Browne needed a centre-back and I felt Steven would be better off getting experience at that level.
“He has done really well up there and we will look at the situation come Christmas time. As part of the agreement, we will be able to take him back if we have any injury problems.”