DPL Previews: It's Hammer time for the Blues

BACK IN ACTION: Ashley Wells, left, will make his first competitive outing for the Terras since breaking an ankle

BACK IN ACTION: Ashley Wells, left, will make his first competitive outing for the Terras since breaking an ankle

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CHRIS Wilson is anticipating a Hammers backlash at the County Ground tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

Portland United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners when the two sides met at Grove Corner just three weeks ago but their manager is expecting a much stiffer test in tomorrow’s return fixture.

He said: “We got a good result against them last time but we will take nothing for granted on that front tomorrow as they will no doubt look for an improvement on their side.

“We have really picked up since losing to Merley last month. We have found a way of playing that suits us and we will look to carry that on tomorrow.”

The second-placed Blues enter the Magna Dorset Premier League on the back of an enforced break due to last Saturday’s waterlogged pitch at Parley.

Reflecting on the postponement, Wilson added: “It was obviously frustrating but with the rain coming down during the week, and the fact they had to call off their game the previous Saturday, we half-expected it.”

Chickerell United will be looking to extend their winning run to five games when they travel to Shaftesbury Town tomorrow (3pm).

However, boss Maurice Welch knows it will be far from easy at Cockrams.

He said: “Confidence is coming back with four wins on the bounce and hopefully we will take that into tomorrow’s game.

“They have started well and it’ll be a tough test at their place. But hopefully we will have Dan Welch back and that will make a big difference as he gives us a lot of strength.

“Janek Tarnawski and Liam Beades are also nearing returns so the squad is starting to get stronger again.”

Another team enjoying a good run at present are Weymouth Reserves.

The Terras are unbeaten in three and will travel to Wareham Rangers tomorrow (3pm) off the back of successive victories over Tintinhull and Sherborne Town Reserves.

Joint-boss Jake Richmond said: “Our performances in the last four games have been good so if we can carry that on I will be happy, regardless of the result.

“We could have a couple back this weekend too. Sanchez Baker should return and Ashley Wells will feature as well, which will be great to see.”

First-team player Wells has not seen competitive action since suffering a broken ankle in a pre-season friendly against a Bristol City XI on July 28.

After conceding a late equaliser against Hamworthy United Reserves last weekend, Bridport Reserves will be keen to get back to winning ways at Blandford United (3pm).

The Bees are also unbeaten in their last three but two of them were draws. Boss Robin Townsend said: “We just need to be a bit more confident in our own ability.

“When we get it down and play, we are a good footballing side and hopefully we can do more of that tomorrow when the pressure will be off a little bit being away from home.

“As long as we prepare right and are at the races we will stand every chance of coming away with a good result.”

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