CORFE Castle boss Martin Patterson believes his side are more than capable of improving their position in this season’s Dorset Premier League.

Having finished 15th in the table last season, Corfe are currently 11th in the league table with 17 points from their opening 16 games.

Their derby encounter with Swanage was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday, denying them the chance to leapfrog Swans in the table.

But having reached the midway point of his side’s campaign, boss Patterson has been pleased by his charges’ progress.

He said: “We are just about in the right position.

“We had a steady start to the campaign but suffered a bit through October and November when we couldn’t back up some good 60 or 70-minute performances due to not having a full bench to pick from, when some of the lads were tiring.

“We also have to learn to be better off of the ball. We are fantastic when we’ve got it but we need to concentrate more and work harder without it - if we can do that I’m positive we’ll finish higher than last year.

“We’ve three home games coming in January where, if we play to our potential, we can pick up some more points.”

Corfe host Gillingham Town at the Fortress on Saturday (2pm) before home fixtures against Bridport reserves and Dorchester Sports.