DORCHESTER Town’s trio of debutants won applause from boss Glenn Howes after the 1-0 loss to Taunton Town.

Olaf Koszela came in on loan from Torquay United for his second debut having enjoyed a spell at the Avenue Stadium last season.

Goalkeeper Jack Bycroft was signed on loan from Southampton and striker Josh Bertie is a dual registration deal with Andover Town.

Speaking to Dorchester’s media team, Howes said: “I felt a bit sorry for Jack because we’re getting used to his assets.

“He’s done a bit of work with (Steve) Dodge and then integrated with the boys for 30, 40 minutes.

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“We’ve asked the question: ‘Has he really had a save to make?’ and I don’t think he has.

“It’s going to do Jack a world of good being here. Eighty-fifth minute we’re under pressure and expecting him to deliver.

“I thought he was really accomplished. He was sort of an enforced signing with Harry (Lee) being unwell. Jack, you can tell he’s got great attributes. I know Southampton have got high hopes for him and I think he’s going to be a really, really good goalkeeper.”

On Koszela, Howes added: “It was nice to see the lad in the flesh.

“When you’ve got a player who’s been recalled and there’s such willingness from the club to welcome him back – supporters, players, board, committee – you just have to act on it.

“He was everything I’d hoped. He was full of running, happy to run in behind, come in short.

“When he’s got the ball at his feet he’s a threat. Great energy and desire.

“The pair of them have distinctly improved us as a squad and they’re young lads. They’re only going to get better and better.

“I’m excited to see how quickly they can improve as well.”

Assessing Bertie’s substitute performance, Howes said: “In the final third we couldn’t quite execute that final pass. He was willing to break the line and penetrate and we just couldn’t find him.

“He’s technically very good, he’s full of running. His statistics speak for themselves. He’s been hungry to have a shot at playing higher but it’s not quite happened for him.

“When you’ve got a player of a progressive nature and a determination to play higher, it’s hard to close the door on that.

“We worked with Josh in pre-season and it didn’t quite happen for him. We just feel he deserves an opportunity to try and prove himself at Step 3.”