Bournemouth EchoNon-league: Magpies 'champing at the bit' after long lay-off (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Non-league: Magpies 'champing at the bit' after long lay-off

Bournemouth Echo: MAGPIES MANAGER: Steve Cuss MAGPIES MANAGER: Steve Cuss

BOSS Steve Cuss wants Wimborne Town to kick-off a Magnificent Seven when they begin their hectic February fixture list against Bishop’s Cleeve on Saturday (3pm).

The struggling Gloucestershire outfit, who sit third-bottom of Southern South & West ahead of their trip to Dorset, provide the opposition at the beginning of a busy month for Magpies.

Six consecutive postponements have seen Steve Cuss’s 10th-placed team fall 10 points behind the final play-off place currently occupied by North Leigh.

But despite a sizeable gap emerging during Wimborne’s enforced break, the Cuthbury manager called for his players to focus on getting back into the swing of things after such a lengthy lay-off.

“The players are champing at the bit to get out onto the pitch to play football,” said Cuss. “I want them to enjoy playing again.”

Wimborne have a fully fit squad to choose from but James Stokoe still has one game of a three-match suspension, which began in December, to serve.

Magpies: (from) Harvell, Arnold, Wilson, Oliver, Costello, Middleton, Blake, Sainsbury, Maybury, Davidson, Webb, Kemble, Gamble, Griffin, Burton-Hemmings, Roast, Ackerman.

Elsewhere, Bashley will be looking to complete a rare double in their crunch home clash with fellow strugglers Bedford (3pm).

Bash grabbed their first of only two Southern League Premier Division wins this season at the New Eyrie thanks to Lewis Blackmore’s strike in November.

Bash: (from) Jones, Blackmore, Brookes, Roberts, Strickland, Marden, Kenna, Bulpitt, Soetan, Joyce, Odam, Davis, Flint, Gazzard, Colson, George (g/k).

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