DORCHESTER Town boss Glenn Howes insists the “tide will turn” after the Magpies were beaten 1-0 by a resolute Swindon Supermarine.

Howes’ men dominated for large spells and created several good chances, only for Marine’s defence to repel everything the Magpies threw at them.

Dorchester’s best moment fell to Sam Bayston, who struck the post five minutes after coming on.

However, the headlines belonged to Kieran Phillips, who struck the winner against his old loan club just one month after leaving.

Supermarine themselves hit the woodwork in the second minute but were clinging on in the dying stages as Dorchester applied maximum pressure, albeit extracting no reward.

Howes told Echosport: “The boys can have their heads held high.

“We’ve produced and delivered everything we could’ve. I don’t think we’ve left anything at home.

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“Football is a cruel game and at moments we were expecting the ball to fall to us in the box. Credit to Swindon, they put their bodies on the line, particularly during the second half.

“We created chances and had moments to get ourselves back in the game. We dealt with their strengths really well.

“Alfie (Stanley) has had a chance, Charlie (Madden) has had a couple of headers and Sam’s fizzed one against the post.

“It just didn’t drop for us. If we keep performing like that, the tide will turn and we’ll make the most of it.”

Touching on the level of Supermarine’s defensive commitment, Howes said: “They were extremely resolute.

“When you’ve got teams who bank in, you look at breaking them down. I thought we broke them down really well.

“We played through them at times and played round them, overloading in wide areas.

“Our movements could’ve been better in and around the box but, saying that, we still managed to get on the end of certain deliveries.”

Howes also highlighted the possibility of an offside call against Phillips in the build-up to the winner.

He said: “I thought the officials were very good throughout. We just felt there was a moment of offside to their goal.

“A slight inkling the goal was offside. That will even itself out across the season.

“The boys told me he was at the club previously.

“Whoever scores, it’s irrelevant to me. It doesn’t matter who, he’s scored and that’s that.”