DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson is “delighted” with Sam Jackson’s eye-catching start to life at the Clayson Stadium.

Jackson, a former Weymouth squad member, impressed on his debut during the 1-0 FA Trophy third qualifying round win over Hungerford Town.

Bashley’s Jackson, on dual-registration terms with the Bees, bagged another 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 Evo-Stik Southern Premier South victory over Frome.

Speaking after Jackson’s maiden appearance for the Magpies, Thompson admitted the first he had seen of the promising left-sided midfielder, who can also play in defence, was in training prior to the Hungerford clash.

He said: “I’m delighted. The first time I’d seen him was (last) Thursday. I’ve gone on what someone’s told me, a couple actually.

“Trevor Senior went to watch him and he came into training on Thursday, I was delighted with what I saw.

“We had a full-scale 25-minute practice match – he did very well in that. He made my mind up to play him (against Hungerford) and he’s produced a good performance so I’m delighted with him.”

With Jackson playing ninth-tier football with the Bees, Thompson was taken by the youngster’s display against sixth-tier opposition.

Thompson said: “It can be done, can’t it? He’s made a great impression. Josh (Bailey) played well and got man-of-the-match but arguably it could’ve been Sam as well.”