THE Magpies will be forced to come back down to earth tonight when they host the Hammers in the Dorset Senior Cup (7.45pm).
Since Sunday night’s FA Cup heroics against Plymouth Argyle, the whole club has been on cloud nine but it faces a tough test this evening against a Hamworthy United side that will no doubt be after a scalp of their own.
Speaking ahead of the second round tie at the Avenue, assistant-manager Stuart Heath told Echosport: “Tonight is a real opportunity both for some of the first-team lads and some of the younger ones from the reserves.
“The team that played against Plymouth showed how to represent Dorchester Town and hopefully the rest of the lads will look at that and do the same.
“It is certainly going to be interesting to see how they react in a competition which we really want to win.
“Hamworthy United are a good side so we are going to have to play well in order to get through and continue our bid to retain the trophy.”
Reserve-team manager Dave Kiteley will take the side along with Dave Whalley while Heath will watch from the stand.
First-team boss Phil Simkin, who will be on a scouting mission at Didcot Town, added: “Unfortunately I will not be there tonight but although we will be resting the majority of the lads that played on Sunday, we will still have a strong side out and hopefully we will get a result.
“The game against Plymouth took a lot out of some of the lads’ legs and it is only right that we give them a rest.”
The Magpies are set to travel to Didcot on Saturday when they will look to advance into the first round proper of the FA Trophy.