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Super Weymouth seven set for last-four bid
WEYMOUTH look set to be boosted by the return of several players tomorrow when they entertain Supermarine in the last eight of the Dorset & Wilts Intermediate Cup (3pm).
Harry Charles, Sam Morris, Tim Comben, Joel Wilson, Gareth Ayles, Idris Croft and Mike Robinson are all back in contention as the Seasiders look to bounce back from last Saturday’s heavy league defeat at Sherborne.
Speaking to Echosport, head coach Paul Harding said: “We could have no complaints last week and now we are looking forward to tomorrow and putting a few things right.
“I am hoping to have a few back too. Harry, Sam, Tim, Joel and Gareth should all be okay but as yet I am not sure about Idris and I am also waiting to hear whether Mike is available.
“Those seven players are a huge chunk to take out of the side and it will be great to have some of them back as there is some real quality in there.
“We will just have to see who is available and go from there.”
Weymouth beat Supermarine 25-10 in the final of the Dorset & Wilts Plate last season and Harding is hoping his troops can muster a repeat performance.
He added: “Like us they have just started life in Southern Counties South and at the moment they appear to be finding it tough.
“Having said that, we played them in the final of the Plate last year and found them to be a strong, fit side. We played well that day and there is no doubt we will need another good performance in order to beat them again.”
Winless Supermarine currently sit at the foot of the table in Southern Counties South while Weymouth lie third-bottom with just five points.
After back-to-back league wins, which have lifted them into third place in Dorset & Wilts Two South, Puddle-town also turn their attention to cup action tomorrow when they host Cricklade in the quarter-finals of the Junior Vase (3pm).
The Wiltshire visitors compete at the same level as the Villagers but in Division Two North where they currently occupy top spot after an unbeaten start to the season.
Dan Udell is unavailable this week but both James Perrett and James House are expected to return to a Puddletown squad keen to maintain their winning form.
In the last eight of the Senior Vase, Bridport take on Warminster at the Brewery Ground (2.30pm).
The last time these two sides met the Blues recorded a 43-3 victory and looking at the Dorset & Wilts One South table a repeat result looks on the cards.
Bridport currently lie second with a 100 per cent record while Warminster are bottom following four straight defeats.
Finally, Dorchester are without a game while Swanage & Wareham travel to Swindon in South West One East where they will look to build on last weekend’s first win of the season at home to Bletchley.