DORCHESTER head to Thatcham looking for their fourth win of the season to try and put distance between them and the drop zone in the Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South tomorrow (2pm).

The first team currently sit one place and five points below their hosts Thatcham in the Southern Counties table.

While the county town team beat their opponents narrowly in September, they have only won two games since then.

Both clubs will need to pick up some points to move away from the relegation threat and continue to compete at Southern Counties level.

With the first training session not until Thursday, the coaches will leave it until late to select the strongest team available to make the trip.

Head coaches Eral Anderson and Martyn Peel have reiterated to the squad that training is vital to succeed and achieve the club’s ambitions to stay in the higher leagues and called on the players to commit to training and improve availability.

They urged the squad to ‘roll up the sleeves and show the leagues what Dorchester Rugby Club is about.’

Captain Adam Makepeace will be looking to his fellow senior players to step up to the challenge and make sure they come away from Thatcham victorious and start to climb the table.

With the league table making difficult reading Dorchester sit 11th from 12 in the league, and need to string together some results and build some momentum to avoid the drop at the end of the season. They will need to start by claiming the full five points on offer at Thatcham. It is sure to be a highly contested game.

In contrast, the second XV sit top of the Dorset & Wilts Two South league, seven points clear of their nearest rivals ahead of the team welcoming Swanage & Wareham to Coburg Road, and having beaten them away will be looking to complete the double at home (2.15pm).

As always with Swanage & Wareham the game will be tough contest with pride at stake as well as points.

The junior section burst back into action on Sunday with the under-13s and under-15s both facing Bournemouth whilst the under-7s to under-12s all train ready for the second half of the season.

The Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland ladies team lock horns with rivals Swanage and Wareham this Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 2.15pm at Weymouth’s Monmouth Avenue ground.