HAVING lost their unbeaten league record to Wimborne, Dorchester look to bounce back in the Dorset & Wilts Vase.

Dorchester face Oakmeadians in the final at Swanage & Wareham’s Bestwall ground tomorrow (1.30pm).

Both sides already know each other from previous seasons, but have yet to meet in the league so far this season.

This is the first time since 2005/6 season the first XV have had the opportunity to collect some silverware, and coach Ben Parker is keen for his squad to take up the challenge and return home to Coburg Road victorious.

A familiar looking side will take to the pitch with a good combination of youth and experience.

The second row partnership of team captain Adam Makepeace and Lee King is reunited after Makepeace’s enforced absence and Sam Jones reverts to his favoured position in the back row.

Makepeace and King will add power and stability at the set piece as well as physicality around the park.

The influential young fly-half Alex Peel will look to release his backs and in particular George Foot and James Baker on the wings.

Callum King will look to make good ground through the centre with his trademark strong runs.

The bench will also have a role to play in this game and again Parker opts for the combination of youth and experience.

Jake Bosher will look to come on and add some speed and tenacity at scrum-half and both Mark Adams and Dave Rawles will look to shore up the front row when required.

Laurence Burch yet again takes his place in the squad with some great performances for both first and second teams so far this season.

An upbeat coach Parker said “This weekend the lads have a real opportunity to bring home a trophy. This has been reflected in the way they have trained and the attitude they have shown.”

“Whilst we’ve not had the toughest of paths to the final we have prepared for every game to face the different challenges of a knockout competition and I’m confident we deserve to be in this final.”

“All the hard work of training will come down to a hunger to win and putting the lessons learned into action on the pitch. Once that whistle goes tomorrow it’s down to the team on the pitch.

"The coaching team have done all they can do to prepare the squad both physically and mentally, now they have to go out and perform.”

This Sunday at Coburg Road, the club host the Weldmar Santa run for the second time.

The fun starts at 11am with a warm up and the family run heads around Poundbury for two miles.

Weldmar are the club's local charity partner and the event is a huge fundraiser for the hospice.