FOLLOWING a much needed win, Dorchester travel to fellow strugglers North Dorset tomorrow in Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South (2.15pm).

North Dorset lie one place and one point below Dorchester in the table and having also narrowly won last weekend, will be keen to secure the win as much as the county town side.

Dorchester will well know how tough games can be at Slaughtergate and they field a strong-looking squad to try and build a winning run.

In a largely unchanged team from the win over Grove, the side is beginning to take on the look of last season’s winning outfit.

Steve Tucker fully returns from injury, taking up his familiar role at the base of the scrum where the coaches will be looking for some of his trademark strong carries to set up the Dorchester attack.

This allows James Newsam to move into his preferred flanker role and Jamie Morgan returns to the wing with Alex Peel continuing his comeback from injury at fly-half.

The bench this week sees the experience of Tom Gower, while Josh Hosford returns from concussion injury.

Joe Prior is new to the first team bench and has shown well in his outings this season with both the Gladiators and A XV. He is given the opportunity to add his game-changing impact from the bench.

Coaches Martyn Peel and Eral Anderson will be looking for the squad to be hungry for more points and another win after a great team performance last weekend.

With top-of-the-table Sherborne visiting Coburg Road next Saturday, this is a game for the team to make their mark.

The A XV, who currently lie top of the Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts South Two table, welcome Dinton to Coburg Road who are currently sixth in the league table.

Dinton had a strong win last weekend and will no doubt be keen to take the points away from the league leaders. Rob Parker has a strong squad to lead out with Luc Scadden returning to the side and try scorers from last weekend James McKendry and Jack Ward ready to add to their tally.

Chris Elliott, Lee King and Greg Hallett will look to pressure Dinton’s forwards.

On Sunday, Coburg Road will again play host to the successful youth section of the county town club, with the pitches echoing to the hundreds of voices of young rugby players.

The under-sevens to under-12s all train at home, whilst the under-14s and under-16s both welcome close rivals Weymouth to the club in very competitive fixtures.

The ever-growing girls’ teams are also training after a successful Dorset & Wilts county session last weekend.


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