CORFE Castle boss Martin Patterson said the club’s players had shown “brilliant patience” in adapting to meet guidelines for training sessions.

The Dorset Premier League outfit, who also run a reserve team in Dorset Division Three, have been running socially distanced sessions in small groups to abide by rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And despite not yet knowing when competitive action can return, Patterson is pleased to be back out on the training field to keep his players ticking over.

He said: “Initially it could only be one-on-one sessions but now we are allowed in groups of five plus one coach.

“Everyone has really enjoyed being back together, although things are limited due to the social distancing measures.

“The lads have shown brilliant patience and attitude in adapting to the new way of training.

“The atmosphere is really positive and I can tell that everyone really missed football and their team-mates.”

Corfe had sat 10th in the Dorset Premier League table, before this campaign was scrapped due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Patterson added: “We can’t really plan for next season yet but what we are doing will keep us fit and gives us the feeling that something competitive isn’t far away.

“New players are welcome and anyone interested can contact us through our Facebook page, Corfe Castle FC.”