DORCHESTER Town goalkeeper Chris Weale admitted he is enjoying playing under Magpies’ manager Steve Thompson more than previous boss Craig Laird.

Weale’s comments were made in relation to the Magpies’ lack of creation under Laird, when they suffered several heavy defeats in the early stages of the season.

But now Weale feels Dorchester are playing “entertaining” football and can compete for the whole 90 minutes.

He told Echosport: “I’m enjoying it more now than under the previous management. I think the fans are as well. You can see we’re creating a lot more chances and playing some really good football, and it’s entertaining.

“As a goalkeeper you now know that we’re going to create some chances and be in a game for 90 minutes, whereas earlier on in the season it felt like if we conceded we didn’t really stand a chance of getting anything out of the game.

“So I’m enjoying it a lot more and I know the manager anyway. He’s very focused, very dedicated and really wants everyone to do well here. It’s only going in the right way.”

With Weale the most senior player in the dressing room, he is aiming to have a “positive impact” on the Magpies’ more inexperienced players.

He said: “It’s difficult sometimes as a goalkeeper because you have to do your job first and it’s not like you’re a centre-half or a midfielder.

“But when I get a chance to, of course. We’ve got some really good young players here as well and hopefully I can have a positive impact on them.”

Weale also urged supporters to stick with his side, believing that an improvement in both results and performances had been tangible since Thompson’s arrival.

“The fans can see that from the start of the season to now, and also the strength in depth of the squad.

“The two that came on (against Stratford, Mo Baghdadi and Ed Bastick) made a difference and they’ve got a lot of energy and pace about them.

“It’s exciting to have pacey players and players that can create things so for me it looks a lot better and hopefully the fans can see that.

“It’s early days under this manager and hopefully he can have a successful time here because he’s really dedicated and driven. The players are as well and you can see that in their work rate.

“We’re putting everything into a game, it’s not like we’re not working hard, and results will come,” he said.

Weale added that he was frustrated to have let in Stratford’s injury-time winner during the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat, especially having made a brilliant stop to deny Justin Marsden seconds earlier.

He said: “I was pleased, it’s just come through bodies and it’s one of them where you’ve just got to fling yourself and I managed to get a hand to it.

“The frustrating thing is that they scored straight from the corner.”