Dorset Echo: LONG SEASON: Phil Simkin has remained loyal through thick and thin

NEW Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore will go straight into the squad for tomorrow night’s clash with Bath City (7.45pm) after signing an 18-month deal.

The 18-year-old has joined the Magpies from Blue Square Bet South rivals Truro City having scored 13 times so far this season.

“He’s a hell of a player and someone I’ve been looking at for some time now,” said Magpies’ boss Phil Simkin, pictured above.

“It was just a case of putting together a package and we met in Torquay on Sunday and he agreed to sign for us.

“Kieffer is a very powerful centre-forward, good in the air and on the ground, and he is very ambitious.

“He will fit in very well with the lads in the dressing room and I’ll be looking to play him up front with Ben Watson and I hope Kieffer’s goals will move us away from the bottom of the table.

“This club is looking to progress and this is a really important signing for us.”

Mark Jermyn (ankle) and Ashley Nicholls (foot) are set to have late fitness tests and Lewis Morgan (groin) is rated 50-50 but Simkin hopes Harry Bell (hip) and Nathan Walker (eye) will recover from knocks picked up against Salisbury.

Walker needed four stitches to a gash suffered in the build-up to Ben Watson’s goal while Bell complained of a slight strain following the physical exertions of the weekend.

“It was a hard afternoon for them and they worked their socks off against an excellent side,” said Simkin.

“I’ve never seen a side work as hard as those boys did on Saturday and they fully deserved that win. We’ve got to make sure we carry on and get a run going and move away from the bottom of the league.

“You’ve only got to win two or three games and you’ll be in the play-offs so we need to use the momentum we’ve got but Bath is going to be hard.”

He added: “Harry rang me to say he had a problem with his hip and our other worry is Nathan who split his eye open.

“He needed four stitches and wants to play tonight but whether we can play him I don’t know. Maybe we’ll have to play him away from the centre of defence, I don’t know.

“Jem wanted to play on Saturday but I stopped him because he’s not right. We’ll look at him tonight and do some tests before deciding and the same goes for Ashley.”

Meanwhile, Magpies Reserves face their Bashley counterparts at the Avenue tonight (7.45pm) in the Wyvern Premier League.

Magpies: (from) Matthews, Bell, Martin, Pugh, Walker, Gleeson, Crittenden, Smeeton, Watson, Moore, Clough, Malsom, Way, Brooks, Mutch, Carlile, Walker-Harris