Football: Late setback piles on play-off pressure at Poole Town

FRUSTRATED: Poole Town manager Tom Killick

FRUSTRATED: Poole Town manager Tom Killick

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TOM Killick admits the pressure is on Poole to pick up maximum points from tomorrow’s lengthy trip to Redditch United (7.45pm) after Biggleswade Town’s late equaliser last night.

Steve Devlin’s penalty and a goal from Michael Charles saw Dolphins battle back from behind at Langford Road but Sam Reed’s fierce free kick ensured a 2-2 draw with three minutes to play.

The result left Poole six points shy of the play-off places with games in hand.

Killick said: “There is no doubt in my mind that we should have won and, perhaps, we paid the price for not scoring enough goals when we were on top.

“They got a free kick right at the end and their lad has whacked it in the top corner from 25-plus yards. It was a real kick in the teeth but we don’t have much time to feel sorry for ourselves.

“Before the game we felt we needed four points from these two midweek matches so it puts that added pressure on the Redditch match.”

Cherries loanee Jon Muleba remains sidelined but could return at the weekend.

Injured trio Neil Martin, Keith Emmerson and Carl Pettefer and unavailable duo Michael Charles and Charlie Davis all miss the trip to the Midlands.

Jon Davies (ill) is a doubt but strikers Richard Gillespie and Dan Cann may return.

Dolphins: Thomas, Burbidge, Wannell, Dibba, Whisken, Brooks, Devlin, Davies (Preston, 66), Charles, Chiedozie (Davis, 75), Elliott. Unused subs: Lowes, Yates, Hutchings (g/k).

  • Elsewhere in the Southern Premier, Bashley lost 2-0 to Hungerford Town, while decimated Wimborne Town battled back to draw 3-3 with Yate Town in Southern South & West.

Connor Phillips was on target as 10-man Bournemouth Poppies beat Wessex League title favourites Sholing 1-0.

Will Robinson was dismissed for two bookable offences but Poppies held firm to become the first team to prevent the high-flying Boatmen from scoring in the league this season.

Danny Saxby will stay on as Verwood Town’s interim manager in the short term. He presided over Potters’ 3-0 defeat at Hamworthy United, while Christchurch were thumped 4-1 at Totton & Eling. 

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