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Poole prepare for two tough road trips
POOLE Town manager Tom Killick reckons his players will need to be fully fuelled for their trip to Stourbridge – in more ways than one.
Dolphins begin a week of motorway madness with Saturday’s trek to the West Midlands (3pm), before the team coach is wheeled out for another 300-plus mile round trip to Truro on Tuesday.
And while the Tatnam boss is looking forward to facing two of the Southern League’s more established clubs, Killick feels the quirk of the fixture list could prove pivotal in high-flying Poole’s pursuit of points.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “From our point of view, it is a bit unfortunate to have two of our furthest trips together like this.
“We have to get players from other areas together and it is a long time to spend on a coach.
“I see both games as really big tasks, not just in terms of the football but because of the travelling involved.
“Stourbridge are an established club who are a force in this league so it will present another tough test for us.
“But after performing well at places like Cambridge City and Hitchin, who also have strong sides, we know the level we need to be at to pick up points.”
Meanwhile, Killick could call on midfielder Marvin Brooks to be his flexible friend once more with Sam Clarke (back) and Ian Oliver (suspended) ruled out.
Brooks filled the void at full-back during Poole’s 4-2 success at Hamworthy United in the FA Cup five days ago and Killick remains confident he can stand up to a potentially stern examination at Amblecote.
He added: “Marvin did reasonably well considering he was asked to fill an unfamiliar position and I have no qualms over playing him there because he has all the attributes.”
Dolphins: (from) Hutchings, Brooks, Spetch, Cummings, Whisken, Pettefer, Davies, Elliott, Devlin, Cane, Gillespie, Byerley, Preston, Cann, Dibba, Rowe, Thomas.
- Joint-boss Stewart Kearn said Bashley’s FA Cup exit meant they were in no position to take advantage of the financial fall-out at Dorchester Town.
The Magpies seem set to lose a host of players after slashing their budget this week, citing their own cup downfall as the primary cause.
But after Bash – rock bottom of the Southern Premier and six points from safety – also lost to league rivals Hungerford Town, Kearn said there was no room for manoeuvre in his club’s finances.
“The money from the cup was important for us and would have been useful, but we’re not in a position to do anything now,” said Kearn. “We need to take stock of the squad and where we are financially but any significant moves are out of the question.”
Bash are without injured trio Nic Jones, Ian Richardson and Pearce Farren for their home match with Arlesey Town (3pm).
Bash: (from) Collins, Stephenson, Flint, Strickland, Middleton, Colson, Casey, Boultwood, Satterley, Sills, Odam, Ward, Blackmore, Morris, Brookes, Roberts, Porter, Kearn.
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