DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson claimed the Magpies “played pretty poorly” in their 1-0 Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division defeat at Bishop’s Stortford.

Having survived their woodwork being rattled three times, plus seeing a Dipo Akinyemi goal ruled out for a foul, Dorchester finally succumbed in the 83rd minute through Darren Foxley’s tap-in.

Speaking to Echosport after the game, Thompson felt his side had “nothing going forward” during the encounter.

He said: “We didn’t play well. They probably edged the game and there were very few chances.

“We never got anything going in an attacking sense. The back four and the keeper did reasonably well.

“We played pretty poorly and that’s what happened, you can get done by a late goal – we just had nothing going forward, two or three chances in the whole game.

“I would have been delighted to come off with a 0-0 draw having played quite badly.”

Asked what contributed to the poor performance, which came after Dorchester had scored 10 goals in two games, Thompson felt it was purely down to circumstances “on the day”.

He said: “I put that down to the players not performing well on the day. Finding consistency from players is the hardest thing – we created very little.

“It only took one goal to beat us, we didn’t look too much like scoring.”

Thompson also admitted he had “no complaints” about the result, despite the Blues’ winner coming from a free-kick that rebounded off the post.

He said: “It was a free-kick which came off a player, off the post and came back to the player who was running in.

“No complaints, but it’s not like they ran us ragged. If anyone deserved the win it was them. We would have been delighted with a 1-0 win, as I assume they are.”

With Bristol Rovers’ loanee Mo Baghdadi completing his final game during his two-month loan spell for the Magpies, Thompson praised the winger for his contribution, having netted eight times in 13 games.

“Overall in the big picture Mo has done very well for us. He’s disappointed with his performance (against Bishop’s Stortford) but overall he’s done well,” Thompson said.

Dorchester next travel to arch-rivals Weymouth on Boxing Day (3pm) looking to improve an away league record that has seen them win just once in 12 games on the road.