Simkin: Nothing is guaranteed in FA Cup

Dorset Echo: WARY: Manager Phil Simkin WARY: Manager Phil Simkin

Dorchester Town are taking nothing for granted after being drawn against lower opposition in the FA Cup.

The Magpies will entertain Hellenic Premier League outfit Wootton Bassett Town in the second qualifying round on September 22.

And although the two teams are separated by three rungs on the non-League ladder, county town chief Phil Simkin insists there are no easy games in knockout football.

Reacting to yesterday’s draw, he said: “We are delighted to get a home draw and while I don’t know much about Wootton we will give them the respect they deserve.

“We will have them watched and plan like we do for any other important game.

“Nothing is ever straightforward in the FA Cup and I’m sure they will relish the chance to come down and try and turn us over.

“It’s a massive game for the club, for a number of reasons, and we shall be preparing for it meticulously. Nothing will be taken for granted.”

Wootton Bassett will appear in the second qualifying round for the first time in their history following a 3-1 win over Highworth Town at the weekend.

The winner of the forthcoming tie will pocket £4,500.

Meanwhile, further reflecting on Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Chelmsford, which maintained the Magpies’ 100 per cent home record, Simkin added: “There’s not a lot else I can say about this group of players that I haven’t said before.

“They never cease to amaze me and they go about their business week in, week out.

“We have enough experience on the pitch to know how to win a game when we’re in front, which is something we didn’t have before.

“To be honest, this was the game that I thought would catch us out. We lost Ben Watson to injury before the game and with Jamie Gleeson having to come off it was difficult.

“You look around and ask if we have people who can come in and do the job, and now I know we have.

“Nathan Walker and Charlie Clough were absolutely outstanding and Neil Martin marked one of the best wingers in the league (Anthony Scott) to the extent where he hardly got a kick.

“I could go right through the side but I don’t want to single out individuals as per usual it’s a team effort and everyone worked hard.

“We kept a clean sheet and we’ve now got 16 points. Twenty-four to go.”

Dorchester’s next outing in Blue Square Bet South is Saturday’s trip to AFC Hornchurch.

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