A DEPLETED Dorchester were comfortably beaten by a clinical Yeovil team that dominated for long periods of the match in Wadworth 6x Southern Counties South.

Dorchester were forced to field a much-changed 15 with several players making their first appearance of the season. Consequently it was no surprise that they struggled against in-form opponents.

The visitors did however, defend bravely and only conceded four tries in the first half.

Forced to defend for long periods, Dorchester again suffered the inevitable injury problems which resulted in players having to play in unfamiliar positions.

The second half continued in similar fashion with the hosts scoring a further five tries but the county town side refused to let their heads drop and, unlike last week, battled right to the final whistle.

There was some consolation for the visitors as James Baker scored a try following a line-out steal by Greg Hallett.

With a well-earned week off and no game this weekend for the first team, Dorchester hope that the current injury tally will reduce.

With club captain James Newsam and Josh Hosford unable to play this week due to concussion along with team captain Adam Makepeace with a knee injury and at least another eight injuries across all teams it was a tough weekend, as noted by joint head coach Martyn Peel.

He said: “People stepped up and put themselves on the line for two hard games. We view the bigger picture and look forward to the remaining games. Our targets are still top six for the first team and winning the second and Gladiators team’s leagues.”

The result leaves Dorchester in ninth place, with 11 points from their seven games so far this season.

Dorchester’s Seconds also suffered a 63-5 Dorset & Wilts Two South loss at Ellingham & Ringwood.

Thomas Young and Will Jeffery made their senior club debuts during the defeat, which sees them now lie five points off the top of the table.

Dorchester’s injury problems were so bad that their third team, the Gladiators, saw their Dorset & Wilts Three South fixture called off.