DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson admitted he was “pleased” overall with the performances of Aaron Rodriguez during his time with the Magpies.

Winger Rodriguez was recalled early to parent club Weymouth from a loan spell having scored four goals in a two-month stay at the Avenue Stadium, including a hat-trick in a 7-2 win over Gosport.

Rodriguez was due to stay with Dorchester until New Year’s Day having extended his initial one-month loan by two months.

Former Frome man Rodriguez was battling tonsillitis in the latter stages of his deal, yet made the bench in Weymouth’s 2-1 win at Banbury on Saturday as an unused substitute.

Speaking to Echosport about Rodriguez’s departure, Thompson praised the midfielder, adding that he had performed well.

He said: “I think Aaron’s done well overall. He came in and did very well for the first two or three weeks. His form then dipped a bit for a couple of weeks and he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.

“But on the whole I was pleased with what Aaron did, he’s a nice lad and Weymouth have called him back for their own reasons. He’s their player, I understand that and we have to get on with things.”

The Terras’ decision to recall Rodriguez early frees the winger to play in the upcoming derby clash between the two sides on Boxing Day, subject to FA ratification.