CONFIDENT Tom Killick believes his Poole Town charges have what it takes to beat Southern League South runners-up Taunton in tomorrow's play-off clash.

Dolphins enter the play-offs as the lowest seed from their division, leaving the Dorset club as slight underdogs ahead of their trip to Viridor Stadium (7.45pm).

However, Killick says he has seen enough from his squad to back them to more than match Taunton.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “We played them recently and we were unlucky to lose at their place.

“We made a mistake in the first few minutes and then they managed to withstand a lot of pressure and win 1-0.

“At Tatnam we managed a 1-0 win ourselves, so we’re expecting a tight contest. However, from what I have seen over the past few weeks I’m confident we can more than go toe-to-toe with them.

“Last time out we were quite sloppy against Staines – we all know that we have to perform much better if we’re going to get anything out of the tie.”

Dolphins could be short of firepower, with both Jake Scrimshaw and Luke Roberts set to miss out.

Roberts is ruled out for an extended period due to a cruciate ligament tear, while Killick is unsure if Cherries will give the greenlight to Scrimshaw’s return after two recent concussions.

“We’re unsure if we will have Jake back yet – that is down to Bournemouth,” said Killick.

“I truly believe Luke is the best player in the league – any team without him would be struggling, without the best player in the league.

“I say that after managing in and around this level for a few years. However, we’ve gone pretty much the whole season without relying on him and we’re going to have to do it again. I have faith that we can get a result without Roberts.”

Taunton launched a late charge for the title and managed to take the fate of the championship to the final day but, despite a win which relegated Basingstoke, the Somerset outfit had to settle for second place behind Weymouth.

Killick, however, said his side had been prepared to take on whoever finished without the title.

“We were ready to play either Weymouth or Taunton,” said Killick. “I believe Weymouth deserved to win the league because they were the best side I had seen.

“However, as Taunton proved, they would both be a very tough game. With the recent form we’ve put together against some tough teams, I am confident we can get something.”

Dolphins are set to have Corby Moore back available for selection and have no injury concerns other than Scrimshaw and Roberts.

The winners of the tie will face either Salisbury or Met Police, who Poole defeated away from home in a crucial fixture earlier this month.