JASON Matthews has admitted that his summer move to Dorchester Town has exceeded all expectations.

The experienced keeper, who was also wanted by former club Weymouth, has been a key contributor in the Magpies’ successful start to the season – a run he hopes can continue at Billericay Town this afternoon (3pm).

Matthews told Echosport: “We have done ever so well so far. When you look at the budgets of some of the other teams in this division (Blue Square Bet South), to be sitting in second place is frightening.

“We have had a pretty consistent team since the start of the season, which has helped, but what has impressed me most is the wonderful team ethic we have.

“Everyone is willing to run through brick walls for each other and that is something you don’t see so much of these days.

“We just don’t know when we are beat and it is because of that belief and work-rate that we are continuing to pick up results. “ “The challenge now is just keeping it going.”

Town also have a fourth qualifying round home tie against Bury Town to look forward to in the FA Cup on October 20.

Matthews went on to add: “I would be lying if I said I had not thought about getting into the first round proper but there is a lot of work to be done before that can happen.

“Bury may be in the league below but they are going well and certainly won’t come here and just roll over.

“If we can get through then it will be great but in this game you cannot afford to look too far ahead.

“I know it’s a cliché but it really is about one game at a time, starting with a tough trip to Billericay this afternoon.”

Matthews made more than 200 appearances during his time at Weymouth and although he is now turning out for their bitter rivals, he still wishes the club well.

He said: “I knew it would take time to win the fans over here at Dorchester but I think I am gradually doing that now and I don’t think I have enjoyed my football this much since I was at Weymouth.

“I could have actually gone back there in the summer but I chose to come here because of the higher level.

“I still keep an eye on all their results though and I wish the club well because there are a lot of good people there.”