DSL Previews: Portland bid to stay in touch

Dorset Echo: GILLINGHAM TRIP: Steve Churchill, centre, will be out to help the Blues get a result at Hardings Lane GILLINGHAM TRIP: Steve Churchill, centre, will be out to help the Blues get a result at Hardings Lane

PORTLAND United Reserves will be out to chalk up a hat-trick of victories tomorrow at Gillingham Town Reserves (3pm).

The reigning Dorset Senior League champions have toppled Okeford United and Stourpaine in their last two games but still remain five points adrift of leaders Mere Town.

Blues’ boss Lee Clarke said: “Looking at the way Mere are going we need to keep winning games.

“They still have a 100 per cent record and looking at their current set-up they are clearly pushing for promotion to the Dorset Premier League.

“We just need to try and stay in touch and I have every confidence in the lads that we can go to Gillingham and get a result.”

Weymouth Sports face a tough assignment at home to fourth-placed Stourpaine (3pm).

The Seasiders picked up their first victory of the season at Sturminster Marshall last weekend but know they will have to take it up another notch tomorrow if they are to silence the high-flying Steamers, who have kept three clean sheets in their last four games.

Joint-boss Chris Hicks said: “It was great to finally get that first win but tomorrow is going to be a much tougher game.

“Stourpaine have a bit of pace up top so it is vital we make sure we learn from the mistakes we made in the defeat against Witchampton United at the start of the month and are a lot more solid.

“If we do that and get back to playing the type of football I know we can then hopefully we can get some more points on the board.”

Finally, Upwey & Broadwey return to action with a clash against Blandford United Reserves at Redlands (3pm).

Steve Reynolds’ men, who lie eighth, have not played since September 29 and will need to shake off the rust quickly in order to make ground on the teams above.

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