Dimmock returns to his "spiritual home" - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Friday 13th January 2006

Burly striker Richard Dimmock has made a return to his former club VCD Athletic, where he helped them reach the last eight of the Kentish Observer League Cup on Thursday night, writes Stephen McCartney.

Vickers’ skipper, Martin Driscoll’s headed goal - his fourth of the season - secured the point they craved during their 1-1 draw against Tunbridge Wells at Harrow Meadow, as they progressed into the knockout stages from group C with Maidstone United.

Dimmock, who played the entire 90 minutes tonight, was fourth choice striker at Ryman League Division One side Cray Wanderers.

His appearances have been limited this season due to the goalscoring form of fellow strikers Jon Main (21 goals), Michael Power (13), Leigh Bremner (10) and 41-year-old Gary Abbott (9).

On this basis Richard has joined his brother Paul at his “spiritual home”.

“Richard will give us a little bit of a different option up front,” manager Martin Ford told www.kentishfootball.co.uk in an EXCLUSIVE interview.

“We’ve had Mark Greatorex playing up there all season with Lee Coburn. We signed Lee as a centre half and he’s done a fantastic job for us as a centre forward, scoring 16 goals.

“What Richard will do is give us a new dimension. He’ll hold the ball up for us when we need it.

“We’re not looking for him to get into the starting eleven. He’s going to be a good asset for us off the bench until he gets himself fully fit.”

Ford, however, admitted he was pleased that the big front man got through 90 minutes tonight - and expects more to come from a player who scored 27 career goals for Ian Jenkins’ side.

“I was hoping to get a game out of him tonight,” said Ford. “We’ll put him on the bench for Saturday’s home game against Beckenham but he needs to play football the kid.

“This is his spiritual home,” said Ford, and he predicted: “He’s come back to VCD, where he’s comfortable and enjoys his football and hopefully we can get him fit over the next month or so and I think you’ll see the best of Richard Dimmock in three to four weeks time.”