DORCHESTER Town manager Callum Brooks insists the pressure is on Truro City ahead of their BetVictor Southern Premier South battle at Treyew Road tonight (7.45pm).

Both sides were victorious in their opening games of the season, Dorchester edging Beaconsfield 1-0 and City impressively defeating last term’s beaten play-off finalists Met Police 2-0 away.

The White Tigers are one of the favourites for the league title after their narrow relegation from the National League South.

Ahead of the near 300-mile round trip, Brooks sought to up the ante.

Speaking to Echosport, he said: “We go down there in good spirits and, to a degree, the pressure’s on Truro.

“They’ve started well away from home so they’ll have a big expectancy down there. We’ve prepared, we’ve got tools in our locker which will stand us in good stead during difficult moments of the game.

“So, although it’s a long trip and on paper it’s a tough game, it’s one I know our group’s looking forward to.”

Asked whether beating Truro will be a target for teams this season given their stature, Brooks said: “Yeah, definitely. They usually have very powerful sides up there.

“There’s not a great deal of clubs around at this level near Truro, so they’ve got a good catchment area.

“When you’ve had a taste of the league above, most clubs once they’ve tasted that, that’s the league they really want to be competing in.

“I expect them to be up there and it’s definitely one of the more difficult tests.”

Brooks is hopeful of seeing the Magpies’ early form spill into the clash in Cornwall.

He said: “(I want) lots of discipline, lots of fight, being prepared to put your body on the line and then when we get the ball, that’s when we can demonstrate our quality.

“I inherited a good footballing group and to a degree I’ve added to that, so we know we’ll get our opportunities to play football and play vertically through teams or around them.

“We’re not going down there just to keep Truro at bay. As Tom Blair, Antonio (Diaz) and Tom Bath have all demonstrated we’ve got some real threats and quality going forward.

“If we get our defensive base right then without a doubt we’ll get a platform to be able to display our attacking talents.”

Dorchester will choose from a fully-fit squad for the encounter.