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Poole Town: Killick happy to progress from tricky FA Cup test
An early strike from midfielder Marvin Brooks and a sixth goal of the season for substitute Richard Gillespie saw Dolphins book their place in the second qualifying round.
The 2-0 victory at Tatnam also ensured £3,000 in prize money for the Southern Premier high-fliers, who will discover their next opponents when the draw is made later today.
“I thought we weren’t at our best by any means, we were mediocre,” admitted Killick, who had made five changes to the side which started at Hitchin.
“It was such a pressurised game for us because of the money at stake so I was pleased overall.
“Getting through was the be all and end all for us.
“In these games, you just have to make sure that you win, even when you are not at your best. We did that on Saturday.”
Brooks, on his return to the starting XI following injury, settled the home fans’ nerves five minutes in when he rifled home from close range after a neat cut- back from winger Carl Preston.
Killick introduced the experienced Gillespie just after the break and in trademark fashion, he found his way on to a precise cross from overlapping full-back Will Spetch, nodding home to put the tie to bed 10 minutes from time.
Although they did not have the lion’s share of possession, Brockenhurst were not without their chances on the counter attack.
Ex-Poole striker Scott Joyce had the best of Brock’s opportunities to draw level when he latched on to a long ball and forced a sharp save from Dolphins goalkeeper Dan Thomas.
On his side’s overall performance, a frustrated Killick added: “I don’t think we retained the ball well enough and we didn’t produce enough quality in the last third to make clear-cut chances.
“We didn’t have a lot of cohesion about our play or create enough considering the amount of possession we had.”
The Poole boss did however indicate that he was happy to get through the tie with no injury problems, as Lamin Dibba and Jonathan Davies also returned to the team and came through unscathed.
With no cup replay needed, the Dolphins now turn their attention to their promising Southern Premier campaign, as they entertain fellow high-fliers Bideford at Tatnam tomorrow.
Killick added: “They will relish coming here. We will just have to make sure we are prepared for that to remain near the top of the league.”
Dolphins: Thomas, Clarke, Spetch, Dibba, Whisken, Pettefer, Davies (Elliott, 60), Brooks (Gillespie, 51), Byerley (Cann), Preston, Cane. Unused subs: Oliver, Rowe, Cummings.
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