Harding sweating over fitness of key players

Dorset Echo: INJURY CONCERNS: Paul Harding INJURY CONCERNS: Paul Harding

PAUL Harding is sweating on the fitness of several key Weymouth players ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Wimborne (2.30pm).

Joel Wilson, Harry Charles and Max Vallance all picked up injuries in last weekend’s victory over Walcot and are doubtful for games coming up.

Harding, whose side will also face Wimborne in the Dorset & Wilts Intermediate Cup final on December 1, said: “I am concerned because Joel, Harry and Max are all important players.

“Joel’s injury looked particularly nasty and all we can do is wait and see.

“We have got a few hard weeks coming up now, starting with Wimborne, who are going well. I am expecting a tough game and the fact we are going into it with a few injury concerns is not ideal.

“We have got the cup final after that on December 1 but the league is our priority.

“Our main goal is still very much to stay up and that is certainly not done and dusted yet that is for sure.”

Dorchester will look to bounce back at the first attempt when they host Supermarine tomorrow (2.30pm).

The county town outfit suffered a 29-6 defeat at Sherborne last time out and will be keen to improve their finishing against a Wiltshire side propping up the table.

Bridport are also at home against Dorset & Wilts One South leaders Salisbury Seconds (2.30pm). The Blues sit just five points adrift of the table-toppers but are still struggling with injuries.

Skipper Ricky Stubbs said: “It should be a good clash but unfortunately I will be out and so will a few others.

“It’s a home game so we have just got to go for it. It is going to be tough and we need as many supporters down there as possible to cheer us on.”

After last week’s defeat at the hands of North Dorset Thirds, Puddletown will be looking for an immediate recovery when they host local rivals Poole in Dorset & Wilts Two South (2.15pm).

The visitors sit one place and five points behind the Villagers.

The game is a double-header and will also decide the postponed Junior Plate semi-final, with the winners meeting Lytchett Minster in next week’s final.

Paul Chidley and James Perrett both return for Puddletown. Elsewhere, Swanage & Wareham entertain Coney Hill in South West One East.

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