Simkin’s brave decision helps Magpies earn £7,500 in cup

Dorset Echo: TACTICAL SWITCH: Phil Simkin TACTICAL SWITCH: Phil Simkin

BOSS Phil Simkin earned his crust, as well as £7,500 for the Magpies, with a brave move in Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Basingstoke Town.

With just 26 minutes gone, and the visitors firmly on top, the Dorchester Town manager made a double substitution in a bid to counter ’Stoke’s greatest threat and give his men a better chance of victory.

Neil Martin and Lewis Morgan were the ones to make way, being replaced by Arran Pugh and Jamie Symes, and Simkin insists he was forced to take decisive action.

He said: “I feel that if I hadn’t made that decision we would have lost the game. I felt I had to make the changes and I certainly didn’t take any pleasure out of doing it.

“At the end of the day we get paid to get results and we have to get them any way we can.

“I shall speak to the two of them about it and although they will be hurting, I’m sure they will come to realise that it was the right decision.

“It was 50-50 as to whether Lewis and Neil would start as they were a little bit under the weather.

“I gambled, it didn’t come off and I made two substitutions early in the game, which is something I can’t ever remember doing before.

“I just felt that with Delano Sam-Yorke down the right we were going to concede if I didn’t do something.

“It’s no reflection on Neil or Lewis as players. Neil has been outstanding for us this season and we forget sometimes that Lewis is only 18 and has just come out of the Dorset Premier League.”

The Magpies, who saw Jamie Gleeson hit the winning goal, will discover their fourth qualifying round opponents later today.

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8:47am Tue 9 Oct 12

weypaul says...

Simkin is a fine manager and Dorchester are lucky to have him. He was assistant manager at Weymouth in 1994 but the know nothing numpties who then comprised the board thought they knew better and sacked him. Since then he has quietly gone about his work in local football, and he is now getting his just reward. Well done Phil and well done Dorchester.
Simkin is a fine manager and Dorchester are lucky to have him. He was assistant manager at Weymouth in 1994 but the know nothing numpties who then comprised the board thought they knew better and sacked him. Since then he has quietly gone about his work in local football, and he is now getting his just reward. Well done Phil and well done Dorchester. weypaul
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7:11pm Mon 15 Oct 12

DERRICK BENSON says...

This isn't just a Weymouth thing. There have been managers and players who could have done well had the magpies or terras tried them out. Look at Dovell for dorch, they waited till he was in his mid thirties before realising he was good enough. Simkin at Weymouth as well like you say. But the likes of Portland, bridport, even the smaller clubs like chickerell and dorch kangaroos all have decent players who need a chance. Beasley for Weymouth, could have been big with a proper coaching and man management.
This isn't just a Weymouth thing. There have been managers and players who could have done well had the magpies or terras tried them out. Look at Dovell for dorch, they waited till he was in his mid thirties before realising he was good enough. Simkin at Weymouth as well like you say. But the likes of Portland, bridport, even the smaller clubs like chickerell and dorch kangaroos all have decent players who need a chance. Beasley for Weymouth, could have been big with a proper coaching and man management. DERRICK BENSON
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8:08pm Mon 15 Oct 12

currentplayer says...

why are these so called players not at these clubs ! must be a reason not good enough perhaps !
why are these so called players not at these clubs ! must be a reason not good enough perhaps ! currentplayer
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9:23pm Fri 19 Oct 12

currentplayer says...

no answer from the maggots then !!!!
no answer from the maggots then !!!! currentplayer
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