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RUGBY: Dorchester and Weymouth coaches out to make impression on opening day
WITH new men at the helm this season both Dorchester and Weymouth are setting their sights on successful Southern Counties South campaigns, which get under way on home soil tomorrow.
While the county town side host last term’s Dorset & Wilts One South champions Ivel Barbarians at Coburg Road, Wey-mouth kick-off against Corsham at Monmouth Avenue (both 3pm).
It has been a summer of change at the Ridgeway rivals, who only have to wait until the second game of the season to face each other, with new first-team coaches at both clubs.
As well as the usual sprinkling of departures and recruits on the playing side of things, Martyn Peel and Chris Plummer have taken over the top jobs at Dorchester and Weymouth respectively, replacing the outgoing Martin Oxland and Paul Harding.
And Peel, pictured, is really excited about the new campaign, saying: “We’ve had a terrific pre-season with great numbers at training and a few new players coming on board.
“The players have responded to the fresh approach of the new coaching team and showed glimpses of how we want to play during the second team’s pre-season win against Blandford Army Camp and the firsts’ win over Lytchett Minster.
“James Newsam will lead the team out for the first time on Saturday and we are delighted for him. He’s come up through the ranks and deserves not only his starting place but also to captain the side this season.”
Weymouth finished below their county town neighbours in the standings last season and ended up as the losing side in both league encounters.
But with Plummer in charge they have a man that knows the club inside out. He said: “The senior players have achieved significant success over recent seasons. The challenge will be to maintain this progress.
“We have retained many of last year’s squad and have a talented group of youngsters coming through who are determined to make their mark.”
Dorchester Seconds, managed by Tom Gower and captained by Tom Evans, start their Dorset & Wilts Two South away to Oakmeadians Seconds.
“We’re excited about our young players who are already pushing for first-team places, so I’m looking forward to seeing boys like Kieran Fry run out this weekend,” said Gower.
In the same division, Wey-mouth Seconds travel to New Milton Seconds (both 3pm).
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