Student Kyle is committed to Magpies' cause
Kyle Critchell is intent on producing his best form for Dorchester
Town despite doubts over his availability.
The versatile full-back is set to try and juggle the demands of
work, football and a part-time course at Bath University.
And while admitting there is a chance he could be forced to sit
out some of the Magpies’ games this coming season, the 25-year-old
remains hopeful those fears will not come to fruition.
He told Echosport: “I have sat down with everyone to talk
about my situation and there have been a couple of offers for me,
and I wasn’t sure what to do.
“But I have decided not to worry about things and just see
where the season goes.
“Phil Simkin and Shaun Hearn have been a credit to themselves
and the club throughout the whole process and I hope I have behaved
in the right manner as well.
“Phil wants me to stay and he will try and help me in any
way he can. I just don’t want to take the mickey and be available
for some games but not others.
“Hopefully I won’t miss any – that is the plan
– but academically I may need to take time off to get the
“It’s a two-year foundation degree, which is part-time,
but the third year is a full-time degree.
“I will continue to work throughout the whole process as
well so it’s going to be a tough time.
“I’ll just see where it takes me but I have got a club
in Dorchester Town that have been great and very supportive of me.
Everyone has been fantastic, I just hope I can repay them during
the season and produce my best form.”
Illness kept Critchell sidelined for the Magpies’ first two
games of pre-season.
He returned as a second-half substitute during the 3-0 defeat to
Yeovil Town, playing on the right-hand side of midfield, and then
regained his customary right-back role for Saturday’s 2-2
draw at Bideford.
Critchell added: “As a right-back a lot of people put me
in the top two or three in the league, which is nice to hear, but
as long as I play I don’t care where it is.
“I can do a job wherever I play and that was the way I was
brought up to play.
“The first three games were against top-class opposition
when you compare them to the level of football we play at, but now
we have games that we should be winning so in a way our pre-season
started on Saturday.”
Looking ahead to the new Blue Square Bet South campaign, which
starts on August 18 with the visit of Eastbourne Borough, the defender
is optimistic that the Magpies’ style of play will reap rewards.
He said: “With Phil and Stuart Heath we get the freedom to
express ourselves and do what we feel is right. With freedom comes
enjoyment and hopefully that will bring good results.
“Full credit to Phil and Stuart for letting us play that
way and hopefully we will repay their faith.”
Dorchester’s next pre-season assignment is Saturday’s
short trip to Weymouth for Ian Hutchinson’s testimonial.