Gosport Borough reaching the FA Trophy final could play into Dorchester Town’s hands –according to manager Phil Simkin.
The Hampshire side, who prop up the Skrill South league table secured a Wembley final with a 2-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday. Simkin is hoping the Boro players will be focused on their cup run – which could hamper their attempt to survive relegation.
“Gosport going to Wembley is possibly the best thing to have happened to us” said Simkin, speaking to the Blackmore Vale Magazine. “Any player’s mentality is that they want to play at Wembley. Sub-consciously, they might not go in for a tackle as hard as they should and that could harm them.
“When we had our FA Cup run last season, we were flat for a month. You try not to think about it, but it does creep in.”
Dorchester have leapt above Gosport in the league table after securing three wins in their last four games.
The Hampshire side, who will face Cambridge United on Sunday 23rd March at Wembley, trail the Magpies by five points. Boro have six games in hand on Simkin’s side – largely caused by their run in the FA Trophy.
“I’d rather have the points than games in hand” explained Simkin. “It’s an unpredictable league and as far as I’m aware the season won’t be extended past April.
“There’s going to be a lot of games and a lot of surprises. We’re exceptionally confident at the moment, but we need to build on it with another three points against Staines on Saturday. There’s a lot still to do and we don’t want people to start getting carried away.”