DAVE Kiteley has spoken of his delight at the way fledgling Magpie Luke Pidgely took his chance to make an impression on first-team boss Phil Simkin earlier this week.

The young midfielder made his senior debut for Dorchester as a late substitute in the 4-1 Skrill South loss to Chelmsford City, coming on in the 89th minute for Warren Byerley.

And reserves’ manager Kiteley is pleased that Pidgely made the most of the opportunity that came his way.

He also reckons Pidgely is in the same mould as a former Magpie now at Poole Town.

“I’m pleased for the lad and it’s good that he had the opportunity,” said Kiteley, whose team go to Moneyfields tonight in the Wyvern Premier League (7.45pm).

“He made himself available when others couldn’t because of work commitments, and he took his chance.

“He plays on the right of midfield and has a bit of aggression, a bit like Steve Devlin, though obviously not quite at his standard yet.

“He has got the same size and build, and is a really busy player who can deliver a good ball.”

Pidgely will be involved this evening, alongside the likes of Dan Way and Jack Twyford, pictured, but Dan Munday is unavailable and Alex Godfrey is still injured.

The reserves last outing, a 2-0 win at Wimborne last week, saw a return to Dorchester colours for Jamie Beasley following a horrific facial injury earlier in the season.

He featured as a second-half substitute and is set to continue his rehabilitation tonight as the leaders visit the side at the bottom of the table.