MAGPIES’ boss Steve Thompson was glad his team cleansed themselves of an away day “prophecy” by beating St Ives 2-1 in their Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division clash at Westwood Road.

Two goals from Ash Pope proved sufficient for Dorchester, who recorded only their second league away win of the season – the first being a 1-0 triumph over Dunstable Town in Thompson’s first game in charge last September.

Speaking after a relatively simple win over the Saints, Thompson hoped a potential third win would not take as long to materialise.

He told Echosport: “I’m delighted, obviously it’s a long time since we won away from home so it’s nice to do that.

“It’s a little bit nearer the end of the season and we have three more away games left. Hopefully we can get another win quicker than the time it took to get the second.

“It’s become a little bit of a prophecy. It’s nice to get that away win which has taken so long. We’ve played pretty well in away games recently at Kettering and at Chesham we arguably should have won the game.

“The performances have been better away from home but we haven’t quite managed to turn them into results.”

Thompson was also satisfied by his team’s resolute display on what he described as a “heavy pitch” at Saints’ Westwood Road home.

He said: “It was very difficult on a heavy pitch - the pitch is in a worse condition than ours.

“Even though it was a battle at times, we controlled the second half without getting the touch to make it 3-1. I felt we didn’t concede a chance second half so I was pleased with our shape and we did look dangerous on the counter attack.

“We started very strongly and it was a great little ball by Kyle Egan to get the first goal and a great cross by Antonio (Diaz) to get the second.

“It’s nice to be able to control the game and see it through and we got our just rewards.”

Dorchester were without key players Ross Carmichael and Luke Winsper for the trip to Cambridgeshire, while Carmichael’s fellow centre-back Callum Rose nursed an ankle injury for the duration of the game. All three are a doubt for Tiverton away tomorrow (7.45pm).

Thompson said: “Ross had an asthma attack. He’s been told to rest, we’re hoping he’ll be fit. Luke’s got an injured ankle. We’re hopeful for (tomorrow) but he’s by no means certain.

“We have a slight doubt over Callum. He’s been carrying an injury and it’s got worse through the game.”