Martinstown have been busy during the close season as they prepare themselves for life in Dorset Funeral Plan Division Two this summer.

The newly-promoted villagers are looking to build on their recent successes, while the seconds face a new challenge in a newly regionalised league structure.

First-team skipper Danny Dancer said: “We had a great season last year and we want to ever improve our club.

“We have already added to our Ashton Farm ground by laying three new grass tracks at the back end of last season, and we have got covers, sightscreens and a new scoreboard on order.

“We own our ground, which means we can keep subscriptions and match fees low.

“We have two Dorset Funeral Plan League sides, two Dorchester Read Woodruff Evening League teams, a Sunday friendly outfit and a fantastic youth section.

“The club is ever investing in youth by supporting and encouraging players to get their coaching badges, and with teams being represented from under-9 to under-18 level.

“We are always looking for new players for both our adult and youth sections, and anyone who would like to umpire, score or get involved in any way is always made welcome.”

Martinstown begin their campaign at home to Dorchester Seconds, while Martins-town’s second string travel to Gillingham, both on May 5.

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