DORCHESTER Town midfielder David Jerrard admitted it has been “great” to find goalscoring form in pre-season.

But Jerrard, who has netted three times for the Magpies in the prelude to the new Southern League Premier campaign, told Echosport that three points against Banbury United on Saturday are more important.

He said: “It’s great to score in pre-season, obviously it means nothing but at the same time you’re getting the confidence.

“Scoring against Poole was nice, but the most important thing is the team and we just need to go out there and do our best to get three points and get off to a good start.”

With the Magpies enduring a mixed pre-season, Jerrard is not concerned and believes boss Craig Laird is simply “trying new things”.

“Obviously in pre-season we’re going to get a few fixtures which are difficult. You’re going to get some results that don’t look too great.

“The gaffer has brought in a few good players from Portland. Obviously we beat Poole and Exeter was a tough game. I think we have done alright, the manager is just trying new things.

“The main test will be Banbury to see what we do there. Saturday is going to be completely different” he said.

Among the new concepts explored by Laird during pre-season was the deployment of Jerrard, an attacking midfielder, down the right wing in the 4-1 loss to Evesham United.

But Jerrard conceded he is just eager to play football, no matter which position he finds himself in.

He said: “Obviously it was a bit of a surprise to be playing on the wing but we have a lot of strong central midfielders that the gaffer has brought in. I came inside towards the end of the game.

“He knows that I’m not going to bomb down the wing, he knows I’m going to come in. As long as I’m on the pitch playing as much football as possible I don’t mind. I just want to be able to play.

And with striker Phil Ormrod set to undergo a groin operation, Jerrard admitted he has had no contact with Laird about playing up front.

He said: “We played against Evesham with 20 players available, so the gaffer has got options. He hasn’t spoken to me about playing striker. It’s not a role I’m completely used to but like I said I just want to be playing.”