BOSS Tom Killick has urged his charges to "show more desire" when Poole travel to the Earlsmead Stadium on Saturday to take on Harrow Borough (3pm).

Dolphins' previous trip to Harrow saw them outclassed 4-0 last season, and after a lacklustre performance in the midweek 1-1 draw against Merthyr, Killick is calling for his side to put in a performance.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “After a disappointing result on Tuesday, we have two really tough games back-to-back now.

"Harrow are a good side, better than their league position suggests, so we have to show more desire than we did against Merthyr.”

Striker Harry Baker stepped up his return from injury by getting 65 minutes under his belt against Merthyr, but Killick is unsure whether to risk the ex-Weymouth hitman for a full 90 minutes ahead of a packed schedule.

“Harry is only just making his way back from injury, and I didn’t want to rush him back before he was ready.

"It was a slightly tactical change as well against Merthyr – I thought using the height and ability in the air of Will Spetch and Marvin Brooks would help break them down, but that didn’t really work out.

“Either way it was good to have him back and even better to have him back moving forward.”

Midweek absentees, including captain Jamie Whisken and Cherries trio Jake Cope, James Oliver and Luke Pardoe are all in line for a return.

“Whisken was missing midweek due to being away, so he’ll be back," revealed Killick.

"I’m also hoping we will have the young lads from Bournemouth back – certainly Luke Pardoe and James Oliver, but also maybe Jake Cope, who we haven’t had for a while.

“They’re all good players who can make the difference in a game, and it gives me more options on the bench.”

Dolphins have no new injury concerns nor suspensions to contend with for their trip to 18th-placed Harrow, with a home clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Salisbury to come on Tuesday.

Victory on Saturday could see Poole rise to sixth place in Southern League South, but only if results elsewhere go their way.