Killick muses over close-fought nature of 'interesting league' ahead of Beaconsfield trip

Tom Killick (Poole manager) and Jack Dickson (Poole) before the Southern League Premier South game between Poole Town and Salisbury on Mon 29th August 2022 at The BlackGold Stadium, Poole, Dorset. Photo: Ian Middlebrook.
Tom Killick (Poole manager) and Jack Dickson (Poole) before the Southern League Premier South game between Poole Town and Salisbury on Mon 29th August 2022 at The BlackGold Stadium, Poole, Dorset. Photo: Ian Middlebrook.

POOLE Town anticipate another tough encounter when they travel to Beaconsfield Town this weekend, according to boss Tom Killick.

Dolphins have been buoyed by back-to-back wins over Yate Town and Gosport Borough in the past week, but Killick has been keen to keep expectations on an even keel.

Poole are just outside the play-offs, with boss Killick wary of the quality Beaconsfield possess.

Killick highlighted striker Aaron Minhas as one to watch out for, with the forward a thorn in the side of the Dolphins during previous meetings.

Manager Killick told the Daily Echo: “Another hard away game on Saturday at Beaconsfield, who are much improved the last year or two.

“They've got some really good players and one of the best strikers in the league.

“We know it won't be easy. So we’ve just got to not really get carried away by a couple of wins.

“What I'm finding out, and I know it's boring because all the managers talk about it, but this league is so interesting because in years gone by, it was often about trying not to lose games against your competitors at the top of the league and then trying to be ruthless when you're dealing with the lesser teams.

“Now, there's no real lesser teams, so it's just about trying to find a way in close-fought games, against teams that are close to you in terms of abilities.

“Just trying to find that little edge that can turn draws into victories and just turn things in your favor.

“Being very good in the key moments and often you see that’s emphasised on more the higher you go in terms of leagues.

“But it’s interesting with our league because there's quite a lot of teams at a very similar level, small details become very important.

“Things like set pieces, just things that can give you a little edge can make a big difference.”