Poole Town boss Tom Killick admitted dropping goalkeeper Nick Hutchings had been “one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made in management,” report The Daily Echo.

Hutchings was replaced by The Army’s first-choice stopper Luke Cairney as Dolphins opened their Southern League South points account with a 2-1 victory at Salisbury last night.

Cairney, a lance corporal in the Royal Engineers, pulled off two crucial saves as goals from new signings Sam Griffin and Franklyn Clarke earned Poole their first win of the season.

Hutchings, ever-present for the past three seasons and a key player in Poole’s Southern League title-winning campaign, was an unused substitute at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “I just felt we needed to make a change. Hutch has been integral to our success for a number of years and it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make because he has served us so well.

“It is so black and white with goalkeepers, it is not like outfield players.”

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