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RUGBY: Dorchester coach looking for attacking groove
DORCHESTER go up against another team struggling for consistency in Southern Counties South tomorrow in the shape of North Dorset.
Like the county town team, the Gillingham outfit have had a mixed campaign so far but do arrive for the fixture at Coburg Road (3pm) on the back of an 85-5 thrashing of Weymouth.
Due to Swindon College Old Boys pulling out of cup rugby this term, North Dorset did not have a game last weekend and sit just one point behind Dorchester in the league table.
And while North Dorset were putting their feet up thanks to a bye in the Dorset & Wilts Cup quarter-final, Martyn Peel’s men were missing out on a place in the last four of the competition, going down to a 19-3 loss at the hands of Trowbridge.
But after their cup exit, Dor-chester assistant-coach Gareth Biddle felt there were positives to take from the Trowbridge setback and he is looking forward to the team building on last week’s performance.
“Last week we wanted to see more bite from the boys for the full 80 minutes and the lads certainly responded,” he said.
“There’s no bigger compliment than the opposition coaches admitting they were frustrated that we didn’t roll over and die.
“Now we’re back in our stride defensively we need to get back in the groove in attack.”
Dorchester Seconds are back in action tomorrow after having last weekend off due a bye in the Dorset & Wilts Second XV Cup.
They are away to Frome Thirds, the side propping up Dorset & Wilts Two South, and will be seeking to keep their unbeaten league run going.
Manager Tom Gower is up for the task and is taking a strong side to Somerset.
He said: “We’re pleased to have Russell Trent back with us this weekend, his experience is just what we need for this type of match.
Swanage & Wareham, fresh from an excellent cup victory over Wimborne last time out, are also in cider country tomorrow when they take on Frome’s first XV in Southern Counties South.
Bridport are away to Wimborne Seconds in Dorset & Wilts One South and Puddle-town, after successive defeats, travel to Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds in Dorset & Wilts Two South.
Meanwhile, Dorchester Ladies entertain Cullompton on Sunday (2.30pm) in South West South Two.
Manager Janette Thompson believes the county town ladies will be up for the challenge against the unbeaten Devon side.
Training has gone to plan and she has a full, injury-free squad to choose from.
The manager is expecting a big crowd to support the team, and on the day will also be welcoming veterans from the 1990s.
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