BOSS Martin Patterson admitted Corfe Castle had initially underestimated the challenge of the Dorset Premier League – but claimed the club was ready to kick on.

Corfe went 11 league games without a win before a dramatic 4-3 success against Shaftesbury Town reserves.

This was followed by victory against Swanage Town & Herston at Day's Park.

After a difficult start to life at step seven, Patterson said his side had adjusted and found their feet.

"We struggled at the beginning but picked things up in the past eight weeks," said Patterson.

"In the early months of the season we got blown away by some teams – now we are staying in games.

"We had not been under any illusions about how easy this league was going to be but it was probably harder than we thought."

Patterson said the long-term aim was to establish the club in the division.

"The style of play is important and we need to develop an identity," said Patterson. "It is coming on and the side has become more settled in terms of personnel and tactics.

"Moving forward, we need to keep pushing on and aiming for anywhere between 12th and eighth in the league."

"We still have areas to work on and are nowhere near where we want to be."