PHIL Simkin is looking to bolster his ranks this week in an attempt to maintain the Magpies’ impressive start to the new term.

Dorchester Town have picked up seven points thus far and won their opening two home matches for the first time in six years.

And in order to preserve the county town side’s place in the higher echelons of Blue Square Bet South, boss Simkin is keen to create even more competition for places.

He said: “The problem we will have is when the injuries start to creep in because we don’t have a big enough squad.

“I hope to possibly make another loan signing this week. Nick Crittenden has been on the bench when he really shouldn’t be as he’s not fit.

“I don’t want to waste this start because if we do get injuries we don’t have many replacements.

“The Exeter lads Jamie Reid and Jacob Wannell are due to go back this week but Exeter have agreed to extend the loan deals and there is a possibility we might be getting another player from them as well – we will have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, in the wake of Monday’s 2-1 victory over Bath City, in which the Magpies had to come from behind for the second home match in succession, Simkin laid praise on Jamie Symes after the midfield man made his first start of the season.

The Dorchester manager, whose side visit Sutton United this Saturday, added: “I was really pleased for him as that was the best game he has played for us. He did really well and it was the little things like winning flick-ons and tracking people.

“I hope it will build his confidence and he’ll be able to kick on from here.”