MAGPIES’ assistant-manager Kevin Hodges has pinpointed several areas for improvement within Dorchester Town’s squad.

Hodges, 60, has a record 654 appearances for Plymouth Argyle and joined the Magpies to work alongside boss Robbie Herrera after previous manager Leigh Robinson stepped down.

Dorset-born Hodges has only had one competitive game in the dugout – a 3-2 FA Trophy loss to Swindon Supermarine and friendly wins over Exmouth and Christchurch – since arriving.

Speaking to Echosport before the third national lockdown – which has extended a break in Dorchester’s league campaign – Hodges aims to sharpen up team shape and fitness.

He said: “It’s very, very early days. We’re going back to the basics and getting across our messages for the way we want to play.

“General organisation, what we expect from them – we need them to be fitter and we’ve done work on that.

“With that, it’s surprising what we can achieve. I’m really looking forward to it and giving support to Robbie as much as I possibly can.

“And, utilise my experiences in the past. I’ve had experience at other clubs in different roles, so it’s a new challenge.”