J Clarke 40, Dickinson 90+2

DORCHESTER Town's final warm-up for the Pitching In Southern Premier South season ended in a 2-0 defeat to a bustling Yeovil Town.

National League side Yeovil were expected to dominate, but the early stages gave way to an even flow.

Yeovil’s Albi Skendi saw a weak shot collected by Dorchester keeper Will Buse before new signing Josh Staunton saw cries for a penalty waved away by referee Martin Underhay.

Dorchester saw their first attack end when Sam Bayston scuffed his shot from a Harry Hodges cross.

Emile Ngoy nearly put the Magpies in front in the 12th minute when his firm header was alertly cleared off the line by striker Rhys Murphy.

Dorchester were enjoying a purple patch and the Magpies created a slick counter when Billy Lowes, the hosts’ stand-out player of the half, set Tom Blair away but his cross was too strong for the unmarked Ngoy.

Blair, who did not earn a Glovers contract after a trial at Huish Park this summer, showed his worth by skinning Jack Clarke on the left only to shoot at Trialist A.

After the drinks break, Yeovil dominated and were unlucky not to take the lead when Dorchester allowed a cross to bounce in the area, right-back Dan Leadbitter rocketing a shot off the underside of the bar.

Five minutes later Aston Villa loanee Jack Clarke put Yeovil deservedly ahead at the break with a classy volley into the far corner.

Yeovil conjured the first chance following half-time when Lawson D’ath pulled a side-footed shot wide in acres of space.

Darren Sarll’s men continued to control the game and Skendi tried his luck after trickery manufactured a chance near the byline.

Will Buse had to dive sharply to deny Yeovil’s sub trialist from 10 yards, before a solid tackle from Tiago Sa denied Clarke a chance for his second.

Dorchester’s best chance of the game to date fell to sub Tom Bath, the striker racing onto a ball on the left only to see his bending effort pawed clear by the acrobatic Trialist A.

There was worry for the Magpies ahead of their season-opener against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday as Blair and Josiah Dunstan limped off late on, both replaced by trialists.

Dorchester were barely present in the Yeovil half in the second 45 but would have equalised were it not for the Yeovil trialist keeper’s incredible save to deny Harry Hodges two yards out.

Yeovil had time to add a delicious second after that huge reprieve when Carl Dickinson curled home a sumptuous free-kick from 30 yards to finish in style.

Magpies: Buse, Dunstan (Trialist 83), Poole, F Clarke, Sa, Bayston (Bath 68), Lowes, Griggs (Hanger 57), Hodges, Blair (Trialist 76), Ngoy (Wilson 46).

Yeovil: Trialist A, Leadbitter (Trialist B 59), Staunton, Wilkinson, Dickinson, Lee (Rogers 73), J Clarke, J Smith, D’ath (Worthington 74), Skendi (John 85), Murphy (Duffus 59).