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Non-league: Browne backed by Hamworthy chief Harvey
CHAIRMAN Steve Harvey gave Simon Browne his full backing and insisted Hamworthy United's board had never considered replacing their long-serving manager.
A run of nine consecutive defeats in all competitions had heaped pressure on the County Ground boss before Hammers went some way to arresting their recent slide with a 2-2 draw at home to Whitchurch United on Wednesday.
After the sides had cancelled each other with strikes in the first half, Stefan Penny's 30-yard screamer seemed set to inspire Hamworthy's first league victory in 10 attempts before goalkeeper Adam Tong's gaffe handed the Jamboys an unlikely leveller.
But after witnessing the close shave, Blandford Close chief Harvey supported the boss's quest to turn the corner and claimed his future was never in doubt.
Harvey told the Daily Echo: “At the moment there is no suggestion of changing the manager. We are all in this together and remain 100 per cent behind Simon.
“We have not suddenly turned into a bad team after our fantastic cup run, we are just on a bad run.
“Simon has brought a couple of players in and I see no reason why things should not start changing soon.”
Hammers travel to Portland United in the Dorset Senior Cup tomorrow with new signing Lee Diaper in the squad.
Frontrunners Lee Chudy and Dominic Allen may feature but David Legg and Dave Sturgess are unavailable while Nick Tayler tries to recover from a knock.
Verwood Town also enter the county competition with a second round trip to Cranborne. Both matches kick-off at 1.30pm.
Hammers: (from) Tong, Saunders, Tayler, Biles, Hester, Ford, Penny, Lanahan, Horlock, Corby, Stacey, Allen, Chudy, Pekun, Claremont, Martin.
Potters: (from) Fawcett, Evans, Murray, Oldring, Kelly, Dyer, Gajic, Webb, Lovell, Joy, Homer, N Saxby, Harding, Lynch, D Saxby.
- BOSS Michael Cuffie claimed an impasse over playing time had prompted Jacques Bernard's departure from Christchurch.
The left-back, who returned to Priory's first-team fold over the summer, has joined Wessex Premier rivals Brockenhurst after recently losing his starting place.
Cuffie told the Daily Echo: “He felt he should be playing but I needed people to be here all the time.
“I didn't want him to go because he was certainly good enough but no one has a divine right to be in the side.
“I would always promote a move up over a move sideways but he did what he felt was right for him.”
Priory have injury concerns over Marcus Cullen and Dan Blackburn ahead of tomorrow's Wessex Premier trip to Whitchurch United (3pm). James Baker misses out but Connor Doe should return.
Priory: (from) Frampton, Doe, Steer, Jamison, Saul, Homan, Foster, Cole, Hiscock, Fairbrother, Landers, Jacobs, Cotton, Burden.
George Webb will have a late fitness test ahead of Wimborne Town's Southern South & West trip to Godalming (3pm) after missing Wednesday's 7-1 thrashing of Wareham Rangers in the Dorset Senior Cup. Otherwise, boss Steve Cuss has a full squad to choose from.
Magpies: (from) Harvell, Arnold, Maybury, Wilson, Brian, Blake, Davidson, Sainsbury, Kemble, Gamble, Griffin, Costello. Hubbard, Webb, Stokoe, Ackerman.
In the Wessex Premier, Bournemouth Poppies hope to be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Jamie Bray while Elliot Ward, Lewis Burgis and Harry Cooper are all set for comebacks.
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