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Non-league: Poole's promotion pushes Wimborne down pecking order
TOM Killick reckons Poole Town’s promotion has dampened their rivalry with Wimborne as he prepares to shuffle his pack for tomorrow’s derby date (7.45pm).
Dolphins left behind their old adversaries after winning the Southern South & West last season with the clubs restricted to renewing hostilities in the Red Insure (Southern League) Cup.
But with bigger fish to fry, Killick felt the match would be higher on Magpies counterpart Steve Cuss’s list of priorities than his own.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “Being in a different league has somewhat diluted the rivalry and we have had to consider our selection for this one because of the way it got sandwiched between important ties in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
“I would expect Wimborne to field their strongest side because they only have two cups left to contest and had no game on Saturday.
“Had it not been for the unfortunate timing then we might have taken a different view, but certain people deserve minutes and this has presented them with an ideal opportunity.
“With £2,500 and a place in the next round of a prestigious cup competition at stake at Frome on Saturday, our selection has to be sensible.”
Poole duo Carl Preston and Marvin Brooks will have knocks assessed before being considered while Wimborne have doubts over Jason Harvell, Scott Arnold and George Webb.
Meanwhile, Bashley are close to full strength for their tie against Weymouth (7.45) despite announcing budget cuts last week.
Striker Tim Sills, believed to be a target for Gosport Borough, joins Ian Richardson on the treatment table, but Bash boss Paul Gazzard said he was yet to lose any players since having his funds sliced in half.
First-team coach John Bailey takes charge with Gazzard absent for personal reasons.
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