Dorchester Town v Basingstoke Town

Fixture Type: Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South
Kick off: 15:00, Saturday, 16 Mar 2019 at The Avenue Stadium
Attendance: 432

Referee: Matthew Rushton

Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019

By David Simpson

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Fight is a 'baseline' for Dorch


Dorch boss Callum Brooks expects his Magpies’ squad to have a “baseline” of fighting spirit in the quest to prevent relegation from Evo-Stik Southern Premier South.

Brooks has made the “immediate impact” he craved after following up a 2-2 draw at Farnborough with a stunning 7-1 demolition of injury-ravaged Merthyr on Tuesday night.

The results have lifted Dorchester into 15th, although the Magpies remain just three points above the drop zone.

Brooks also expressed his wish to see “passion and desire” from his players during Dorchester’s final eight league games.

“There’s loads of fight in the camp. For me, that’s the baseline before we start talking about detailed tactics.

“The first thing for any team I’m responsible for is that I want to see real energy, enthusiasm, passion and desire.

“We must outrun teams, we must outfight teams. If you do that, then all the nice things we talk about, like scoring great goals, breaking lines and going forward, that can come from there.

“I know we scored seven (on Tuesday) but really my focus was being hard to beat. I didn’t come to attack the life out of (Merthyr) and score seven.

“We came with a solid gameplan. I was well aware that a point would take us out of the relegation zone

“It’s psychologically important to us and it psychologically dents our opponents who are down there.”

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