WHEN James Stokoe scored an own goal to put Dorchester Town 1-0 up over Wimborne on this day in 2020, the Magpies might not have expected the turbulence of the following year.

Dorchester would go on to collect a first three points under new boss Leigh Robinson, along with assistant Robbie Herrera, as the hosts led for 88 minutes.

Robinson, Herrera and their players were scrapping for the Magpies’ lives in the Southern Premier South, cast adrift at the bottom with 10 games remaining.

Dorset Echo: Tom Blair, right, twice went close to extending Dorchester's lead Picture: F30904BTom Blair, right, twice went close to extending Dorchester's lead Picture: F30904B

The result was the perfect tonic for the 406 souls who visited the Avenue Stadium on that day - Saturday, March 7.

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Little did they know it would be the last time they would attend a Dorchester home game without Covid-19 protocols.

Football in Steps 3-6 was quickly abandoned later that week, before the FA stepped in to null and void the season – saving Dorchester from the prospect of relegation.

Dorset Echo: Dorchester faced former player Antonio Diaz, left Picture: F30904DDorchester faced former player Antonio Diaz, left Picture: F30904D

Fast forward a year and Dorchester look likely to see a second successive season lost in Covid-19 times.

Herrera is their new manager after Robinson’s work commitments placed a strain on his services and there is a growing sense of optimism at the Avenue.

Although Herrera has only taken charge of three games – two friendlies – the players are enjoying his footballing philosophy.

Herrera wants to play an expansive, possession-based game – perhaps stemming from his time bombing down the left wing as a player at the likes of Fulham, QPR and Torquay.

So, while it may be a while until Dorchester fans can freely watch the Magpies again, there is much to look forward to when the opportunity arises.