'Keeper' Kyle hailed by boss Simkin
Phil Simkin paid tribute to makeshift gloveman Kyle Critchell after
a pre-match injury left the Magpies without a recognised goalkeeper.
Nic Jones dislocated a finger during Saturday’s warm-up and
with no suitable replacement on the bench, full-back Critchell offered
to don the number one jersey.
The defender filled the void admirably, managing to pull off two
fine saves, but ultimately he was helpless to prevent Dorchester
Town falling to a 3-0 defeat at home to Staines Town.
Two own goals, from Nathan Walker and Neil Martin, as well as a
late strike from Gareth Risbridger proved the home side’s
Manager Simkin said: “It really dictated the way we played
the game to be honest. We were half afraid to go forward as we were
trying to protect Kyle.
“But fair play to him as he made a couple of good saves.
We did also limit them to actually getting at him.
“Fair play to Kyle for having the nerve and the courage to
put his hand up and say he’ll do it. But that type of situation
changes everything completely.
“The two own goals sum the day up really. When it goes wrong,
it goes wrong big time.
“I felt for the lads as they worked so hard, knowing they
couldn’t make a mistake, couldn’t let a cross go in
or let them get a shot away.”
Simkin may now look to draft in an emergency stopper, with reserve-team
regular Dan Floyd set to feature between the sticks in tomorrow
night’s Dorset Senior Cup final against Wimborne Town.
The boss added: “Nic came over to me and said he’d
dislocated his finger but I just laughed and said it’s not
April Fools’ Day.
“We tried everything to get his finger put in but it wouldn’t
“I can’t see him playing on Tuesday night and if it’s
fractured then I can’t see him playing again this season.
“I’ve got to see if there is any chance we can get
an emergency keeper in.”
Further reflecting on Saturday’s loss, which sees the Magpies
drop to ninth in Blue Square Bet South, Simkin said: “Staines
are scrapping for their lives and although they weren’t that
good we just couldn’t play the game properly.
“I wanted to give the likes of Harry Bell and Jamie Symes
some more game time and while Harry did very well unfortunately
Symesy had chest pains at half-time, which frightened the life out
of me, so we took him off.
“Things are happening that are out of my control at the moment
and it’s difficult to deal with it.
“Ash Nicholls was throwing up all week, I had no intention
of bringing him on but he had to and he played really well.
“Although Ryan Dovell worked his socks off and won some good
headers, I thought we were poor up front. I know it was difficult
to give them any decent service but I was disappointed nonetheless.”