DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson admitted new recruit Archie Collins’ diligence and versatility were key factors in his loan move from Exeter City.

Collins, 18, joins the Magpies from the Grecians on a one-month loan and made his debut for the club as a substitute in Monday’s 4-0 win over Farnborough in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

The teenager had recently been at National League South side Weston-super-Mare, scoring one goal in the Seagulls’ 3-0 win over Dartford.

But with Collins’ skill-set comprising a range of midfield and forward roles, Thompson is “looking forward” to working with him.

He told Echosport: “I’ve spoken to a couple of people that I respect in the game and they’ve told me what a hard worker he is and how he can play quite a few different positions.

“I’m looking forward to seeing that over the course of the next month.”

A delighted Thompson was able to give Collins his debut after the Magpies built a healthy 2-0 lead against Farnborough, bringing the youngster on as a substitute.

He said: “It’s good that we could get him on. We were in a position where I felt that it was right to have a look at him and we used that.

“It’s good to have another player and obviously Mo (Baghdadi’s) loan ends on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Thompson admitted it was “nice” to see Ed Bastick secure a brace after his ankle injury problems.

He said: “I was pleased with everyone but it was nice to see Ed score. He’s had to wait a little while, he was injured for five weeks.

“He played in the first game and did quite well up at Dunstable when we won 1-0 and then he got injured for five weeks.

“He’s had to be patient but he’s got his opportunity and he’s taken it quite well.”