DORCHESTER Town manager Leigh Robinson paid “credit to the players” as his Magpies side saw off Gosport Borough 2-1 to reach the FA Trophy first round.

Victory ensured Dorchester progressed to the main draw for the second time in three seasons as Tiago Sa and Olaf Koszela scored either side of Dan Wooden’s equaliser.

Dorchester are now also £3,750 richer and will await their next opponents in a first round which will be delayed until December at the earliest following the entrance into a second national lockdown.

Speaking to BBC Solent Sport post-match and pre-lockdown, Robinson said: “It was important to get the win.

“Whatever happens in the next month or so, we were desperate to finish that period with a win so we can go into any lockdown that may happen on the back of a good result.

“Not an easy day with two defenders going off injured. It’s lucky we didn’t go behind because we had to chase it and we only had attacking subs to make.

“To be fair to the players, they’ve reacted really well this week. We had an absolutely dreadful day last Saturday at home to Salisbury when we were absolutely terrible.

“They showed a real good reaction on Tuesday night (at Taunton) where they could’ve got a draw away to a good side and they’ve come away with a win (over Gosport).

“That was a good reaction as well as softened the disappointment of conceding the goal just before half-time, which has previously affected us.

“We came out on the second half and dominated and perhaps should’ve scored more goals. Credit to the players for reacting after a real bad day last Saturday.”

While Robinson felt the flow of the game was even, he insisted the Magpies conjured the more dangerous openings.

“I don’t think there was much in it in terms of the balance of play,” he said. I thought we created the better chances.

“Like I said to the boys, we’ve had a bit of a disrupted season in terms of players that have left, Tom Blair being the latest one, so it’s been a little more fragmented.

“I keep saying it – we are still coming together and you can still see a team that’s trying to find their way because of changes we’ve had to make.

“Whilst I’m happy to get a result, make no mistake, this team can do a lot, lot better. That’s what we’ve got to work on whenever we get the chance again.”