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Magpies Continue 'Great Escape' Bid


9:05am 15th March 2014

Dorchester Town still have a lot of work to do if they're to avoid relegation, but they're on the right track with just a dozen league matches left.

The resurgent Magpies have endured a tough season with player departures and belt tightening at the top, forcing manager Phil Simkin to work harder than ever to rally his team and weather the never ending storm.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. They've claimed 8 points from their last 5 games and have pulled themselves off the bottom of the Skrill South, a familiar position they'd occupied for most of the current campaign. Their improved form in 2014 is something to be admired considering the challenges they've faced the last 6 months.

Dorchester have a tough test today (Saturday 15th March) away to high flying Bath City who're 7th in the league. The last time the 2 sides met Bath won 2-0.

Manager Phil Simkin says the team has to perform like they did midweek;

"It's to carry on what we did at Bishops Stortfood on Tuesday night, we competed very well, we defended very well, and we hope to build on the platform, we were very unlucky not to get 3 points."

Simkin piled praise on his players who've pulled together;

"Since Christmas the quality of the loan players that we've managed to bring in and the performance of the senior players has been the reason why we've managed to get ourselves to where we are now and as much as we have a chance to avoid the drop."

Elsewhere, Weymouth have struggled of late only managing one draw from their last 4 matches.

The Terras have fallen outside the league's top 10 and although it's nearly impossible for them to climb into the top 3, they can still make an impression and finish inside the top crop.

They'll be hoping for some good fortune when they entertain lowly Bashley at the Bob Lucas later.

And Bridport are slowly turning a corner after a string of poor results. The Bees are up against Hallen who they drew with earlier in the season and Boss Trevor Senior says points are crucial;

"We've picked up 4 points out of our last 2 games with a win and a draw on Tuesday, it would be nice just to keep the unbeaten run going at the moment. I'd settle for a draw at the moment just to keep picking up points."

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