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FOOTBALL: Blues won't be taking rivals lightly
GARY Bailey has warned his Blues not to underestimate Wareham Rangers tomorrow (3pm).
The Portland United boss has the utmost respect for the Purbeck outfit and is very aware of the threat they could pose on their own patch.
He said: “We have got to be wary of them. They may not have had the best of starts to the season but it is always a tricky place to go.
“They have a good bunch of lads that like to play for each other and it is vital we go there with the right mindset.
“If we get our game right everything else will take care of itself.”
Winless Wareham are currently second-bottom in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League while title-holders Portland lie third, just three points off the top with a game in hand.
The islanders will be without Andy Harris but Tom Carter could return.
Another team that cannot afford to take anything for granted tomorrow is Weymouth Reserves.
The Terras will be in action at the Bob Lucas Stadium against Holt United (3pm), who have surprisingly picked up just eight points from their first seven games.
Weymouth reserve-team boss Jake Richmond, who saw his side defeated at Shaftesbury last weekend, said: “We have Holt at home and then three away games on the bounce, so it would be nice to win tomorrow, but most of all I will be looking for a good performance.
“Gareth Will was ill last Saturday and I think we missed his spark in the midfield.
“He is a little terrier that doesn’t give anyone any time, and having him back this weekend would certainly be a boost.”
Finally, Bridport Reserves will take on struggling Cranborne at St Mary’s Field (3pm).
Bees’ boss Robin Townsend said: “They may be down the bottom at the moment but we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.
“Our away form has been pretty good in recent times but we are still not as consistent as I would like us to be at home.
“We need to start making St Mary’s a fortress.”
Ashley Clarke will miss out for the Bees but Robin Jones is scheduled to return from holiday.
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