DORCHESTER Town manager Steve Thompson is seeking to return to “winning ways” when the Magpies entertain Redditch United at the Avenue Stadium in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).

Thompson’s men suffered a reality check at leaders King’s Lynn last time out, enduring a 3-0 defeat to bring their dismal away league record to one win in 14 games.

However, Dorchester’s home form has been a different story, having taken three wins from their past three games at the Avenue, scoring 13 goals and keeping three clean sheets.

But Thompson is wary of an in-form Reds side that put seven goals past Farnborough on Saturday.

He told Echosport: “We’ve done very well in the last three games so hopefully we’ll get back to winning ways. It will be a very tough game.

“They’re full of confidence after winning 7-1 against Farnborough but we go into it with confidence and hopefully with as many players to choose from as possible.”

Thompson is additionally mindful of not being reliant on good home form as the Magpies aim to rise up the standings from 20th place.

“Our away form isn’t very good at the moment, I’m not sure why that is. We’ve been missing players through injury or illness.

“It’s important that we are winning at home, but if we are to climb up the table we need to start picking up points away from home as well.

“We want the three points and to continue our home form. We have scored nine points (from nine) and moved into an area where if we got a few wins on the spin we could move up a few places.

“We’ve moved away from the bottom four but we want to move into the next area in mid-table. If we got a couple of wins on the spin we could move up four or five spots.

“It’s important for everyone to feel that confidence to move up the table. It’s tough because our results have been decent in the last couple of months,” he said.

Phil Ormrod is set to miss out with a groin injury, leaving Dorchester short of strikers with only on-loan Archie Collins, who missed the King’s Lynn game with illness, as cover.

But prior to kick-off Thompson revealed he had yet to speak with Collins about potentially extending his loan spell.

“I’ll have to have a chat with Archie. He’s not had too many opportunities to start. He’s obviously been ill for the last week and missed the trip to King’s Lynn.

“I think Phil is out for the weekend, I don’t think there’s much doubt about that one. We’re pretty resigned to him being out. Hopefully we’ll have him fit as soon as possible.

“David Jerrard has been injured with his ankle and has been out all week. It’s 50/50 as to whether he’s fit, but I’m hoping Archie will be fit.”

On Thursday Dorchester announced the signing of forward Cameron Ebbutt from Bristol Rovers on an initial one-month loan and he is expected to go straight into the Magpies' matchday squad.