DORCHESTER Town assistant-manager Trevor Senior felt a half-time team talk was key to the Magpies beating Wimborne Town 3-0 in their FA Cup first qualifying round replay at the Clayson Stadium.

Wimborne had enjoyed a strong first half, with Jack Lovell and Luke Burbidge particularly dangerous, but Dorchester wrestled back control with Billy Lowes, Aaron Rodriguez and Luke Winsper all scoring in the space of 18 second-half minutes.

Victory hands Dorchester a second qualifying round tie at Tiverton Town on Saturday week.

Speaking to Echosport, Senior believed that instilling confidence in the Dorchester players helped turn the momentum towards boss Steve Thompson’s men.

He said: “We’ve got some honest lads and they know when they’re not playing well.

“We said at half-time ‘we know we can do better than that’. They were quicker than us onto the ball, stronger than us.

“But second half we got more into it. We still didn’t play brilliantly and 3-0 did flatter us a little bit.

“I don’t think Kingsley (Latham) really had a save to make second half.”

He added: “We managed to get a goal in front, Billy was steady as he always is. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on and he got in on the end of Cameron (Murray’s) cross, who’s been really busy for us in the last five or six games.

“The lads responded with the fact that they knew they had to do better, because it wasn’t a good performance.

“We didn’t look forward enough. Tommo changed the system, went 4-4-2 so that Tom (Blair) had a bit more help up front.”

Senior went on to speak of the “few” positives that emerged from the display.

He said: “There were a few positives to come out of it, the main one being that we’re still in the Cup and obviously £6,000 to any club is really helpful.”

Dorchester resume their league campaign at Beaconsfield Town on Saturday (3pm).