COBURG Road stages a league match between Dorchester and Swanage & Wareham for the first time in more than a decade tomorrow (2.30pm) – and the omens do not look good for the county town hosts.
The Swans, fifth in Southern Counties South, have won their last six, while Dorchester’s run without a win now stands at 14 games.
One of their 13 defeats in that run was a 26-18 loss to the Swans at Bestwall in November.
But although his side goes into tomorrow’s clash as underdogs, Dorchester captain James New-sam knows the Swans won’t have it all their own way.
“It’s obvious by our league positions that they’ll come over expecting to win,” he said.
“Not many people outside of Dorchester give us a chance but we’ve shown time and time again that we don’t roll over easily.
“Everyone knows we’re ann-oyed with how our season has gone and we want to win as much as any other side, but the team are not feeling under any pressure.
“The coaches have done a great job in keeping things fresh and the squad have responded by sticking together brilliantly.”
Dorchester Seconds travel to Dorset Dockers in Dorset & Wilts Two South (3pm) for what is expected to be a very tough assignment against the division leaders.
Captain Tom Evans and his men will need to keep their focus throughout if they want to make a game of it.
He said: “They’re a team full of talent and capable of scoring a lot of tries through their backs.
“We know what we’ll be up against, our defence and keeping possession of the ball will be crucial.
“More so than in other games we’re more likely to be punished for our mistakes so we’ll want to keep things tight and simple.
“Let’s not forget that we also have some superb backs who can open up the game and finish from deep. Our counter-attack will be important this weekend.”
Puddletown entertain New Milton Seconds and Weymouth Seconds go to Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds (both 3pm).
Bridport are in action tonight when they visit Sherborne Sec-onds in Dorset & Wilts One South (7pm), while Bridport Seconds welcome Bournemouth Fourths to the Brewery Field tomorrow (3pm).