DORCHESTER Town captain Dan Strugnell admits his enjoyable start to life with the Magpies has been tinged with disappointment regarding recent results.

Strugnell, 27, moved across to Dorchester as their marquee signing from Havant & Waterlooville this summer after a seven-year stint at the Hawks.

Although Strugnell has revelled in his new environment at the Clayson Stadium, the Magpies’ skipper called for his side to “regroup” after four straight league losses.

The defender told Echosport: “I was delighted to sign, I know a few lads already here and I spoke to the gaffer. I’m quite local, I live Bournemouth way so I know the reputation of the club. It was a no-brainer for me to come here.

“We started on a roll initially with a win in our first game but it’s been difficult since then. We’ve had some tough fixtures with the likes of Salisbury and Truro.

“But the last two games haven’t been good enough, it’s taken us to go a couple of goals down to be brave enough to get on the ball and play our game.

“We’ve just got to regroup, get together and stop the rot.”

Strugnell hailed the work of boss Callum Brooks, who he believes runs the Magpies as “professionally” as possible in non-League.

He said: “It’s a little different (to Havant), which you expect – it’s a place I’ve been for seven years.

“I really enjoy the set-up here, the gaffer does everything as professionally as you can. I’m quite lucky in regards to the two clubs I’ve been at in my career because they’ve both acted as professionally as you can get in non-League.

“I’ve heard some horror stories of the way that some clubs handle themselves. Full praise – I’m loving playing under the gaffer and staff here.

“I’m really enjoying it, I’m just frustrated with results recently, it’s not good enough. I hold my hand up and take responsibility for that as well.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads, technically they’re a lot better than what our league position is saying at the moment.”

Strugnell was made captain ahead of former skipper Neil Martin and the centre-half is relishing his senior role within a young Dorchester squad.

“I was delighted, it was something that was initially mentioned by the gaffer,” he revealed.

“It is quite a young group, the average age is probably early 20s. I’ve gone from being not necessarily a senior, senior lad to coming here and being the third oldest or something like that.

“I think I’ve got experience to offer to the lads. I’m delighted and it’s an honour to represent the club.”