DORCHESTER Town are beginning to make progress this pre-season, according to first-team coach Robbie Herrera.

Herrera watched on as the Magpies drew 0-0 with Bristol Rovers under-23s in a much-improved display that saw Dorchester dominate the second half against the professionals.

While finishing and a final ball were two areas of rustiness, Herrera was encouraged by the performance.

He told Echosport: “Those (areas) were lacking a bit but good intensity from the lads – they’re starting to take things on board, starting to listen and implement.

“There’s a lot of positives. We played against a team of pros and although they had quite a few triallists, they still had six lads that are contracted.

“The lads they had on trial are all pros. It was a good showing and the lads that came in did a good job.

“They assessed the game we had against Bristol City, who are technically a good side – as are Rovers.

“We went through a few things and we got better shape and it looked more cohesive.”

Dorchester also kept their third clean sheet of pre-season.

Herrera said: “We had the three in there and that might be the way for us to go, who knows?

“That I’ll discuss with Leigh (Robinson, manager) over the coming weeks. We’ve got two games to get it right and two training sessions as well to work on it.

“We can adapt. We’ve got players that can play a couple of formations and can slot into different positions – that’s a plus. It’s hopefully going to put us in good stead.”