DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson believes Salisbury “deservedly won” their Evo-Stik Southern Premier South clash 3-0 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Goals from Dan Fitchett, former Weymouth midfielder Jake Wannell and substitute Luke Hopper handed Dorchester a second defeat of the season, sandwiching a 4-2 win at Wimborne in their last outing.

Centre-back Callum Rose was sent off seconds after Hopper’s strike for an alleged elbow, earning him a second booking.

Speaking to Echosport, Thompson felt all three Whites’ goals could have been “preventable”.

He said: “They deservedly won – no complaints about the result.

“We didn’t help ourselves, really. I think all three goals were preventable and that’s disappointing.

“When you don’t play particularly well, which we haven’t done – we weren’t awful – you need to be solid, and we weren’t solid.

“We let in three poor goals so it was only going to go one way, really. Having a man sent off just as were probably having our best spell of the game at 2-0 down didn’t help.

“I can’t say that contributed to the result, but it certainly didn’t help. The last 20 minutes with 10 men was very difficult.”

Thompson also rued the Magpies’ lack of creation in front of

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goal – in stark contrast to Tuesday night’s victory at Wimborne.

He said: “We didn’t have too many clear-cut chances, Alex Stafie had one when he came on in the second half and a couple of shots from Cam Allen in the first half.

“We didn’t create enough. That’s a shame after creating so much the other night. We were up against a better team, and it showed.”

Commenting on Rose’s red card, Thompson admitted he “didn’t notice” any foul play from the defender.

He said: “It was a yellow card that resulted in a red card, apparently for use of the elbow. I didn’t notice that, it just looked like a normal challenge to me.

“At the end of the day, you can’t appeal against yellow cards, so there’s no point in dwelling on it. It’s happened and it will stay happened.

“It just looked like a challenge and the next thing I know the ref was calling him back saying that he’d led with the elbow and gave him a yellow for it. We just have to take that on the chin.”

Thompson further spoke of his disappointment at not backing up the victory over Wimborne.

He said: “You’re always disappointed after a defeat. They probably edged the first half but it was fairly even, with a mistake for the first goal.

“But the second half we started OK and then conceded again, so I think bad goals have cost us.

“The most we were going to get after only creating one or two chances in the game was possibly a 0-0 but you have to defend better than we did to get a 0-0.”