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MAGPIES: Simkin hails travelling fans
DORCHESTER Town’s dedicated army of travelling fans came in for special praise from manager Phil Simkin after their support helped inspire the Magpies to victory on Saturday.
Brandon Goodship, starting his second loan spell with the club this term, netted a brace and captain Mark Jermyn also found the target in the 3-1 win at Maidenhead United.
The much-needed three points saw the county town side finally lose the tag of Skrill South basement boys with Gosport Borough taking over in last place.
Simkin hailed the whole team’s performance, in particular highlighting the display of keeper Alan Walker-Harris, but he was also quick to give thanks to the Dorchester supporters.
“We had a lot of support at the game on Saturday and the fans there were terrific,” he said. “We all really appreciate their backing and the players were able to feed off that during the match.
“When you’re down at the bottom things go against you and it’s not easy to keep going.
“But the fans were great and the players proved yet again that they are a decent side, and you have to remember that at times there are people playing for nothing.”
Simkin knows the Magpies rode their luck on occasions but he felt his men were definitely worthy of the three points.
He added: “We were exceptional and deserved the win. We played like we did at Dover but a bit better.
“Brandon came back for his second loan spell and scored two goals, the second one was a tremendous left-foot volley.
“Alan was outstanding in goal and it was a good day all round. We battled it out, showed quality at the right times and that result lifts us off the bottom.
“We passed the ball really well in the first half and put a lot of good moves together.
“Jem scored a cracking goal to give us the lead and then Josh Wakefield’s shot was parried and Brandon headed it in.
“They put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and got one back five minutes from time, but Nick Crittenden played Brandon in and he sealed it.
“Brandon is a young lad who has come from playing development games at Bournemouth into a tough league like ours, which is not easy.
“I noticed towards the end of his first spell he was getting stronger and his work rate off the ball is superb.”
A home friendly against Yeovil Town then takes place tomorrow night (7.45pm) with striker Kieffer Moore set to return to the Avenue.
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