Monday 16th April 2012
Kyle Critchell safely collects the ball
Kyle Critchell safely collects the ball
Dorchester 0 - 3 Staines Town
Race for ace Nicholls

'Keeper' Kyle hailed by boss Simkin

Dorset Echoby Ky Capel

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 undoing.

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 happen.

“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.”

Latest headlines  

Hutch's honour in Bob Lucas Trophy derby
Student Kyle is committed to Magpies' cause
Simkin to swoop for Exeter pair
Striker Ben returns for Devon trip
Magpies' boss close to sealing loan deal

Blue Square Bet South

Premier Sports TV Subscribe