DORCHESTER Town boss Callum Brooks apologised to the travelling Magpies’ support after an “abject and shocking performance” ended in a harrowing 6-0 loss at Weston-super-Mare.

In conceding six times, Dorchester suffered their worst result since a 6-0 defeat to Farnborough in January and have now shipped 27 goals in 11 games – the worst defensive record in the BetVictor Southern Premier South.

Weston effectively sealed the points midway through a rampant first half as a Scott Laird brace added to Joel Randall and Owen Howe strikes for a 4-0 half-time lead.

Laird recorded his hat-trick after the break and Howe secured his brace late on as Dorchester could only muster two sharp efforts from Cameron Sangster and a gilt-edged chance for Tom Bath.

Speaking to Echosport, a dejected Brooks said: “It was so far off where you need to be to be competitive at this level.

“We lost 11 one v one battles, we lost unit battles, we lost overall battles and the only thing we can do is take responsibility for that.

“I apologise to anyone who had the misfortune of having to endure watching that.

“It was so far off – sometimes you shout to get little bits of reaction. Looking at that, it was an abject and shocking performance. I take full responsibility – I put that group together.”

Brooks issued a stark warning to any Dorchester player who believed he had had a good game.

He said: “If I’ve got players who’ve gone away going ‘I’ve done alright but it was because of this’, they’re not the players I want to move forward with. You can’t have players shirking their responsibility.

“There’s certain things that can be worked on but if I’ve got anyone in that group that’s prepared to go ‘I think I’ve done alright’ they’re in cuckoo land.

“Individually, collectively, from staff down to players I only want to be surrounded by people who look at their part and go ‘what do I need to do to get better?’ because that was so far off acceptable it’s not funny.”

Addressing his side’s defensive issues, Brooks added: “The stats don’t lie. Nothing was good enough.

“I take my responsibility in that. The only thing people should be looking at is their individual part (in the loss).

“My name’s above the door, I’ve put the group together and it was far from good enough.

“If I let the players off the hook for their part in that, I won’t be giving them a true reflection of what this competitive level of football is all about.

“There isn’t a team that’s ever picked up any points without doing the basics right. From minute one, the group of players I put on that pitch didn’t do the basics right.

“We’re all embarrassed. When it’s like that, the only thing you can do is look at yourself, what you’re doing, pump your chest out, take your bit of responsibility and make a commitment to improve it.”