Fallon’s retirement leaves Dorchester short

Dorchester Town manager Steve Thompson is seeking a new striker after Rory Fallon’s decision to retire from the game.

The 35-year-old former Plymouth Argyle and Truro City player announced his decision while on international duty with New Zealand for their World Cup play-off defeat against Peru.

But Fallon, who had picked up an injury at Dorchester which restricted him to just two games, didn’t feature at all over the two play-off fixtures and afterwards decided to call time on his career.

“I had two dreams. To have a long playing career and to reach a World Cup Finals,” said Fallon. “I’m blessed to have achieved both. It would have been amazing to have reached another World Cup in Russia, but Peru were the better team in the final leg in Lima.

“The football journey has been epic and I thank everybody that has shared it with me. I’ve made many great memories and friends. Now onto the next chapter.”

While Thompson added: “He let me know his decision on Friday and it’s sad to see him go. He only played two games but he made a really big impact.”

Fallon’s announcement leaves Thompson with just one fit striker in Blake Davies after Phil Ormrod was injured in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Kettering.

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