RUGBY: Dorchester still looking for that elusive win

Dorset Echo: TOUGH TEST: Dorchester coach Martyn Peel TOUGH TEST: Dorchester coach Martyn Peel

DORCHESTER travel to Gillingham-based North Dorset tomorrow (2.30pm) still seeking that elusive first league win since the end of September.

Since beating Corsham on the third weekend of the season, the county town side has gone 11 games without a victory in Southern Counties South – that run includes 10 defeats and a draw.

Martyn Peel’s men felt the full wrath of table-toppers Wells last time out, going down 58-8 to the Somerset outfit at Coburg Road.

But if tomorrow’s encounter with North Dorset is anything like the previous meeting bet-ween the teams in October then Dorchester could be in with a shout of ending that unwanted 11-match sequence.

North Dorset are now four places and 21 points better off than Dorchester in the league but could only scrape a 20-18 victory the last time the sides met.

And after being outclassed by Wells, Dorchester will go to Gillingham knowing that 80 minutes of hard graft should offer more promise.

“Now that we have played Wells home and away we know that we can take on any team in the league,” said head coach Peel.

“North Dorset away is always a tough assignment but we’ll go up there with the mindset to take them on and see what we can get.

“I’m looking for my team to show me a high level of work rate throughout the game.”

In the same division, Swanage & Wareham host Frome (2.30pm) with the sides having won and lost four on the trot respectively.

Bridport entertain Wimborne Seconds in Dorset & Wilts One South (2.30pm) with their visitors winning six of their last seven.

Weymouth Seconds will want to put last weekend’s loss to rivals Dorchester Seconds be-hind them when they face North Dorset Thirds at Monmouth Ave-nue (3pm) in Dorset & Wilts Two South.

And after thrashing their opponents 87-5 earlier in the season they should have every chance of doing just that, though North Dorset have picked up victories in their last two outings.

Dorchester hope to play their match at home to Frome Thirds tomorrow (3pm), although the visitors have forfeited four away games this term, leaving them on -14 points at the foot of the table.

But Dorchester captain Tom Evans is up for the challenge should the clash go ahead.

He said: “The pack are looking really strong and having the opportunity to play back-to-back home games means a great chance to carry on from last week’s win against Weymouth.”

Puddletown can make up some ground on the side above them, Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds, when the clubs meet at Greenfields (3pm).

Meanwhile, Weymouth Thirds host Bournemouth Fourths in Dorset & Wilts Four (2.15pm).

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