DORCHESTER Town chief Phil Simkin will look to use his side’s sensational win at Sutton earlier in the season as inspiration for tomorrow’s showdown with the promotion hopefuls at the Avenue (3pm).
A second-half Brandon Goodship goal and a courageous backs-to-the-wall defensive display helped the Magpies climb off the bottom of the Skrill South when the clubs last met in November.
Everyone associated with Dorchester would give anything for a repeat of that victory this time around, though with Sutton winning nine and drawing two of their last 11, the hosts start as huge underdogs again.
However, after upsetting the odds once already this term, Simkin and his troops know an equally dogged performance tomorrow may do the trick for a second time.
Reflecting on that 1-0 triumph last autumn, Simkin said: “That was a hell of a result for us, and it was all based on a really good defensive performance.
“Steve Walker, Mark Jermyn and Alan Walker-Harris were absolutely outstanding on the day, heading and punching everything away from our goal.
“Brandon scored a goal out of nothing and we got an unlikely win.
“We upset the form book that day and we will be looking to use what we did to our advantage on Saturday.
“It could be a difficult afternoon for us but we will give it our best shot.”
He went on to add: “Their manager is going to be hammering it into them about that game in November, and he will want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“That was three points they didn’t expect to lose and they have strengthened their squad since then.”
The Magpies’ chances of pulling off another shock result have been made even tougher with Mark Jermyn’s hamstring injury and the departure of Nathan Craig and Ashley Yeoman back to parent club Torquay.
Steve Walker and Dan Munday are available again after missing Monday’s defeat to Chelmsford, and there may be a new face in the Dorchester squad in time for kick-off.
Meanwhile, Simkin confirmed that Nathan Walker’s loan from Weymouth is going to be renewed for another month and Bournemouth loanee Jake McCarthy will stay at the Avenue for the rest of the season.
As for third-placed Sutton, boss Paul Doswell won’t be able to call on former Magpie Charlie Clough (suspension) as his side tries to close the gap on leaders Eastleigh.
Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, McCarthy, Smeeton, N Walker, S Walker, Lanahan, Gleeson, Crittenden, Losasso, Twyford, Byerley, Munday, Case, Makoni, Way