DORCHESTER Town first-team coach Brian Churchill felt the Magpies had “enough chances to win two or three games” during their 3-0 loss to Sholing.

Dorchester missed a hatful of opportunities and were punished as Lee Wort, Dan Mason and Connor Whiteley scored second-half goals before the Magpies twice struck the woodwork late on.

Defeat spelled the Magpies’ second loss to lower-league opposition in five days, following the 1-0 reverse against AFC Portchester.

Speaking to Dorchester’s media team, Churchill said: “The scoreline reflects a side that took their chances and ended up 3-0 winners.

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“We’ve had enough chances to win two or three games, especially first half.

“We’re quite positive about that first half, we created eight good goalscoring opportunities and the unfortunate thing is we haven’t taken any.”

Dorchester were also denied what they felt was a goal when Shaq Gwengwe had an effort cleared off the line.

Churchill saw the funny side, adding: “We could’ve done with a little help from VAR on that one!

“That was a pivotal moment in the game, that would’ve evened things up at one-all and the game would’ve been back on.

“It wasn’t given, Shaq seemed to think he’d scored but you have to take it on the chin.”

Dorchester held a lengthy post-match de-brief on the Avenue Stadium pitch and Churchill revealed the contents of the chat.

He said: “It was two-fold, really. Positives in the first-half display and to be brutally honest, second half Glenn (Howes, boss) wasn’t particularly happy with.

“The players have got to look at themselves and not be happy to come away with that sort of scoreline.

“Glenn was a little embarrassed by the scoreline, as we all were. It was a moment of reflection, but that’s where we are in pre-season.

“We’ve got to get our philosophy across to these players – and quickly. We’ve got a good opportunity on Tuesday to put that right.”

Dorchester visit Step 5 side Portland United tomorrow for a reunion with multiple former Dorchester players (7.45pm).

Co-managers Franklyn Clarke and Sam Poole both played for the Magpies, as did midfielders Ben Morris and Josh Williams, plus defender Alfie Toland.

Portland midfielder Marcus Smith was also a mainstay in the Magpies’ under-23s last season and has been a regular squad member this pre-season for Dorchester’s first team.