Dorchester Town have extended the loan deal of forward Archie Collins by a further 28 days.

Exeter City loanee Collins scored his first Magpies goal in the 1-0 win against Redditch United, a fixture that also doubled as his maiden start for the club. And the industrious youngster, 18, has sufficiently impressed boss Steve Thompson to lengthen his stay at the county town club.

Speaking to Echosport, Thompson had sympathy for Collins after a slow start to his loan spell, owing to other players’ form. He said: “It’s been tough for him, he came in when we played against Farnborough and of course we won 4-0 and it was very hard to change it.

“I thought (Redditch) was obviously his first 90 minutes, he came off two minutes from the end, but he still played 90 minutes and he’s done well. It’s very hard because he only started his first game for us against Redditch.

“He showed some glimpses in the second half (against Slough). He’s got good energy and he’s a good runner with the ball.”

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