Magpies: Simkin’s faith in front three

RECOVERED: Jamie Gleeson

RECOVERED: Jamie Gleeson

First published in Local Sport by , Sports Reporter

PHIL SIMKIN has backed his attacking options to start firing ahead of their trip to Burnham tonight (7.45pm).

Dorchester drew a blank in their opening-day 1-0 defeat at Arlesey Town on Saturday, much to the disbelief of the Magpies’ manager, who has invested faithfully in a new-look line-up of attacking personnel over the summer.

New recruits Dan Cann, Ben Joyce and Dan Smith all had opportunities to open their league accounts for the campaign, and Simkin has faith in the trio to get his side off the mark and start finding the net.

“We have to start finishing the chances we are making,” the Dorchester Town boss told Echosport.

“Saturday was disappointing, with 20 minutes left I would have been disappointed with a 0-0, it never crossed my mind that we were going to get beat but you can’t allow for individual mistakes.

“Alan Walker-Harris has been tremendous for us but the goal was just totally down to him I’m afraid and you can’t plan for that. I don’t need to speak to him about it, he knows and I’m sure it won’t happen again.

“We have players that can score goals, Ben Joyce, Dan Smith and Dan Cann can all score a lot of goals.”

On whether the trio can deliver this term, the county town boss added: “I’m sure they can, we need to get on the way against Burnham, then we get Nathan (Walker) back on Saturday which is massive for us.”

Dorchester will be without Cherries’ loan recruit Mason Walsh after the ankle injury he picked up at the weekend. But Jamie Gleeson is set to be involved for the first time in the league, having recovered from illness.

“Glees will be in the squad tomorrow and he will be ready to start the game,” Sinkin added.

“He is a big player for us, one of the best midfield players in the league and it will be a massive boost for us. He is very well respected for his attitude and what he can bring on the pitch.”

Magpies (from): Walker-Harris, Hangar, Buckley, Godfrey, Smeeton, S Walker, Agbo, Gleeson, Lanahan, Crittenden, Cann, Joyce, Smith, Woodford, Brookes, Murphy

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