DORCHESTER Town captain Franklyn Clarke claims the Magpies must “force the change” in fortunes after a turbulent start to the season.

Clarke is yet to taste victory with the Magpies this campaign, with league losses against Weston and Yate sandwiching an FA Cup embarrassment at Christchurch.

Dorchester replied to three losses in a week by earning their first point and clean sheet of the new term in a 0-0 home draw with Wimborne.

Reflecting on the grim start, Clarke confessed the Magpies must improve.

“It’s obviously disappointing against Christchurch and Yate,” he told Echosport.

“You’ve got to keep going and force the change. You can’t start feeling sorry for yourself, you’ve got to pick yourself up, be brave on the ball, move it and play.

“Do the horrible side of the game as well out of possession. (Wimborne) was an improvement and a few more things to be positive about.”

Magpies’ boss Leigh Robinson has collected just four points from a possible 36 in his tenure.

Robinson was subjected to chants of ‘Robbo out’ from a very small pocket of Magpies’ fans during the Wimborne game.

And Clarke insisted the squad was still working for the former Taunton manager.

“All the lads respond to what he says,” Clarke said. “(Wimborne) was better but don’t get me wrong, we’re still not good enough.

“We should win games, especially at home, but from last week it’s an improvement.

“I heard (chants) but that’s their opinion. They’re not going to be happy – and so they shouldn’t be when you get beaten against Christchurch and Yate.

“The fans come and pay their money and they’re entitled to their opinion – it’s up to them.

“They’re not going to be happy because of the results, so I totally understand where they’re coming from.

“For myself and the other lads, there’s enough of us that care. All we can do is give everything we’ve got out there. The fans are not softies, they care.”