DORCHESTER welcome near neighbours Wimborne to Surcouf Park tomorrow in Tribute Southern Counties South action (2.15pm).

Josh Ovey’s men currently sit seventh in the table with their opponents 10th. This will however be a fiercely competitive match as ever with Wimborne, noted by club president Bob Andrews in his programme notes, as one who the county town side judge their performances by.

Head coach Ovey recalls Luke Robson to the front row partnering with Joe Underhill, while Tom Gower starts in his favoured back row position and last week’s man-of-the-match Kieran Fry keeps his first-team place.

Following restarting the leagues this season, Covid-19 has impacted consistent selection, however with the team holding their own in the league and consolidating this season, it has shown that club are growing in stature with players joining and competition keen for first-team spots.

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Dorchester have been playing an attractive style of rugby and look solid up front.

Alongside the regular first-team squad members, Ovey has a number of players knocking on the door pushing for places.

With some excellent A XV performances, Fry is testament to this fact and both Owen Mitchell and Deklyn Bane in contention.

Dorchester’s Gladiator side travel over the Ridgeway to Weymouth & Portland’s Monmouth Avenue this evening for what will be a hotly-contested but enjoyable friendly game, again aimed at bringing back players after the enforced Covid-19 breaks.

Captain Tony O’Connell will lead a mixed squad with many returning players.