Swans' dilemma may help Weymouth

COULD RETURN: Weymouth’s Harry Charles, left

COULD RETURN: Weymouth’s Harry Charles, left

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ALTHOUGH wary of tomorrow’s opponents, Paul Harding reckons Swanage & Wareham Seconds could be forced to field a weakened line-up at Bestwall (2.30pm).

The reason being that the Swans’ first team face a must-win encounter as they look to ease their relegation fears in South West One East.

The East Dorset outfit play host to second-bottom Buck-ingham (2.15pm) and victory for the former would put clear daylight between the two teams.

As a result, Weymouth’s head coach believes the Swans will field their strongest possible side for the crucial clash, even if that means drawing on players from the high-flying seconds.

Harding said: “Swans are always stronger at home but their side always depends on who is in the first team.

“The first team have an important game against Buc-kingham tomorrow so that could play into our favour.”

Weymouth currently lie nine points clear at the Dorset & Wilts One South summit but will be without Gary Hamlin and Sam Morris, who are both unavailable.

However, Harry Charles could return for the journey east.

Also in Dorset & Wilts One South, Bridport travel to Sherborne Seconds (2pm) aiming to record back-to-back wins following last week’s triumph over the Swans’ second string.

Head coach Mark Botten labelled the victory as his side’s best of the season and he is hoping for a repeat show at Gainsborough Park.

He said: “I’m hoping that we can get a strong side out, especially as the second team don’t have a game this weekend.

“Tomorrow is the sort of game we are targeting to win and getting a win away from home would do us a lot of good.

“Winning two on the trot would also be nice as it’s something we haven’t done for a while.

“There are also rumours that the league will be restructured next season so we want to finish as high as we can.”

Puddletown will be out to regain third spot when they entertain lowly Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew at Greenfields tomorrow (1.45pm).

After losing at Dorset & Wilts Two South leaders Wimborne last week, and seeing rivals Weymouth Seconds triumph at Wheatsheaf, the Villagers dropped to fourth in the table.

But with their near neighbours kicking their heels tomorrow afternoon, Puddletown have the perfect chance to return to the top three.

Dorchester meanwhile, are without a fixture.

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