Dorchester Town boss Callum Brooks feels striker Tom Bath can earn adulation from the Magpies’ faithful after bagging another brace in his side’s 3-2 defeat to Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday.
Bath, who moved from Tiverton in the summer, now has eight goals in 10 games – proving an able replacement for precocious Exeter loanee forward Ben Seymour, who bagged 22 goals last season. His double against Hayes came in the space of five minutes as the marksman clinically finished off a one-on-one chance before nodding into an empty net from two yards.
The tall forward then squandered chances for his hat-trick, lofting a Tom Blair cut-back over, applying too much power to a lob early in the second half and misdirecting a difficult headed opportunity. Speaking to Echosport, Brooks admitted praising Bath’s efforts was a positive among negatives as Dorchester slipped to a fifth BetVictor Southern Premier South defeat in eight matches.
He said: “When you’re trying to improve things and build a side, you’re looking to lock key things into place. “Ben Seymour was good as a number nine last season, but he didn’t belong to the club. He was a bit of a talisman.
“I said that to Bathy when he signed. ‘You can play in black and white, play at this ground week in, week out.
“‘If you can hit the ground running and chip in with your goals, the crowd will love you’.
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