Rusty Magpies eager for a game

8:20am Wednesday 19th December 2012

By David Williams

DORCHESTER Reserves may face a daunting trip to top-of-the-table Sholing tonight (7.45pm) but they will be more than happy to see some action after more than a month without a league fixture.

Dave Kiteley’s team last played a Wyvern Combination League game on November 17 when they hammered Gosport Borough 7-0 but since then it’s been one postponement after another.

Even though they will be up against a side that has only tasted defeat once this season, conceded a meagre five goals in 12 matches and heads the Premier Division by nine points, Kiteley just wants to see his players get some game time.

“We are just looking forward to playing, irrespective of who it is,” he told Echosport.

“But the weather forecast is horrendous so we’ll just have to hope the worst of it misses us in Southampton.

“It’s one of the unfortunate things in this league and it was very disappointing to have Saturday’s game at Bemerton called off like it was.

“The players could be a little bit rusty but what they lack in sharpness they will make up for in terms of enthusiasm.”

A late goal gave Sholing a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in Sept-ember when Dorchester managed to frustrate the league leaders and break up their way of playing.

And Kiteley says the Magpies will be going for more of the same this time as they bid to improve on their mid-table position.

“If we don’t match their work-rate and stop them playing then we could find ourselves out of the game at a very early stage,” added Kiteley.

“When we played them before, we managed to frustrate them, so we’ll be looking to do that again and look after the ball when we have it.

“Against teams like Sholing you don’t want to concede early because then you have to start chasing the game which can leave you exposed at the back.

“Fingers crossed the game will go ahead, it would be nice for the lads if it did.”

Alex Godfrey (flu) and Jack Vallier (back) won’t make the trip but both aren’t far away from a return.


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