DORCHESTER Town assistant boss James Wood says the Magpies’ priority this weekend is nipping a run of three league losses in the bud.

Wood and manager Glenn Howes take Dorchester to Beaconsfield Town tomorrow (3pm) hoping to end a slide in their Pitching In Southern League Premier South form.

The defeats have followed after the Magpies’ last triumph, a 3-1 win over Harrow, came in early December.

Going into the game against the Rams, who have lost once in five matches, Dorchester lie in 18th compared to their hosts’ 13th – nine points between the two.

Asked if it was critical to halt the trend soon, Wood told Echosport: “Without a doubt, that’s our main priority.

“Going away from home and three losses on the bounce, we need a response. We’re confident we can get that.

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“We need to come away from Beaconsfield with something, whether that be a point or three.”

On Beaconsfield, Wood added: “They’re four games unbeaten at home and looking at footage and reports they’re a good side.

“We sound a bit like a broken record, but you don’t get really bad sides in this league. Everybody’s capable of putting in performances and getting results.

“It’s going to be another difficult game. They’re on a good run of form and have picked up some really good results. It’s going to be a difficult task.”

Alfie Stanley scored twice in Dorchester Town Under-23’s 4-0 win over Hamworthy United Under-23s on Wednesday, with Billy Stedman assisting his first goal.

They were subbed off after 60 minutes as the Magpies’ duo topped up their match sharpness.

Kieran Roberts (ribs) is unlikely to be fit and Thiago Caze da Silva (knee) will be assessed.