RUGBY: Dorchester aim for a final flourish

Dorset Echo: MISSES OUT: Number eight Mark Sergison MISSES OUT: Number eight Mark Sergison

TWO wins from their last three league games is the target Dorchester have set themselves as they try to end their Southern Counties South campaign on a high.

Martyn Peel’s men go to second-placed Trowbridge tomorrow before a home clash with Frome next Saturday and an away fixture against Ivel Barbarians a fortnight later to round off the season.

Given that Dorchester haven’t won since the end of September and Trowbridge have only lost three times this term, it is more than likely that one of those two victories won’t come this weekend.

Winning in Wiltshire will be a tough ask but the squad is looking strong, particularly in the pack, although Mark Sergison is unavailable.

The number eight, who has had an outstanding season, misses out on the trip to Trowbridge but fit again Carl Mitchell returns to the back row.

In the same division, Swanage & Wareham take a seven- match winning streak into their meeting with Walcot at Best- wall.

Bridport end the season in Dorset & Wilts One South with three home matches, starting tomorrow against Swanage & Wareham Seconds.

Eighth-placed Bridport edged past their opponents 11-8 earlier in the season and will be looking to complete a league double before hosting North Dorset Seconds and Frome Seconds.

There is a local derby in Dorset & Wilts Two South where Weymouth Seconds, still in contention for third, entertain Puddletown at Monmouth Avenue.

Elsewhere, Dorchester Seconds welcome Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds to Coburg Road.

With the league campaign winding down, Dorchester can now turn their attentions to the Dorset & Wilts Second XV Shield final against Royal Wootton Bassett at the start of April.

Team manager Tom Gower said: “Our last three league games see us playing at home twice and away to Puddletown, so we’ve got every chance of winning all of those to finish the league strongly and set us up for the Shield final.”

All matches kick-off at 3pm but there is no fixture this weekend for Bridport Seconds in Dorset & Wilts Four.

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