Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett is to return to Huish Park, after his loan spell at Dorchester Town ended. The 18 year old's final contribution of a three month loan spread across two spells, was to play in their 1-1 draw against Weymouth. He clocked up a further 90 minutes, in a match that saw Nathan Walker get the Magpies goal from the penalty spot, in front of 2,033 spectators. Overall Bassett made 16 appearances, scoring three goals.
Bassett confirmed to the Dorset Echo that his deal was coming to an end after the game, and that although he was prepared to go back out on loan somewhere - and even to consider a return to Dorchester - his first action would be to head back to Yeovil Town, and talk to manager Darren Way about his likely plans:
"It has been good to get regular games week in week out and they are a good bunch of lads (at Dorchester). They welcomed me in and encouraged me, I've really enjoyed it. I have liked it and if the opportunity came again I would definitely come back. Hopefully I can go back to Yeovil and get a few games. I will speak to the gaffer (Darren Way) and see what he wants. I may go back out on loan, I may go back to Dorchester but we are not sure yet. I just want to kick on from what I have done at Dorchester."
On a more low-key note, it would seem likely that Joe Lea's loan spell at Dorchester has also come to an end. His deal actually ended on December 17th, but neither club have made any announcement about his future at the Avenue Stadium. His absence from Dorchester's squad for the Boxing Day fixture would suggest that his loan spell has not been extended, with his time with the Magpies somewhat interrupted by an ankle injury sustained at the start of the second month. Assuming he has returned to Huish Park, his time ends with eight appearances to his name across the two months.
A significant factor in Bassett and Lea's return to Huish Park lies in the exit of Dorchester management duo Mark Jermyn and Nick Crittenden. Both bowed out, with Boxing Day's fixture acting as a farewell match, with them having made the decision to leave the club just over a week ago. Dorchester have also said farewell to captain Jake Smeeton, with the former Glovers player making the decision to join Poole Town at the same time as Jermyn and Crittenden's exit. With Jermyn having clocked up over 700 appearances, Crittenden bowing out with close to 300 appearances to his name, and Smeeton having broken through the 200 barrier recently, this is definitely the end of an era at Dorchester Town.
Dorchester Town: Murphy, Brookes, Smeeton, Martin, Walker (Jermyn 77), Dillon, Clarke (Jerrard 72), Morgan, Wood, Bassett, Blair (Crittenden 69).
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