DORCHESTER have all three senior men’s teams in action this weekend.

With morale and momentum high in the first team, having won all the games they have played so far, the team head away to Bournemouth Thirds.

Currently lying fourth in the Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts One South table, Bournemouth have lost only once this campaign to Sherborne Seconds who Dorchester narrowly beat in a tough match.

All expectation is for a similarly tough game tomorrow with the league leaders needing to be at their best and to keep focused from the warm-up to the final whistle.

Kick-off at Bournemouth’s Chapel Gate ground is 3pm.

Head coach Martin Oxland has yet to name his squad due to another weekend of low availability and injuries.

However, with the league being the main focus and two tough away games to contend with to maintain the club’s position at the top of the league table, he will name the strongest starting line up he can and put faith in his senior players to lead from the front.

Next weekend, the county town side travel to third in the league Wimborne before facing second-placed Blandford at Coburg Road.

A set of games Oxland deems vital to win for the club to achieve its goals and fully expects his squad of players to step up to the challenge.

Dorchester’s A XV take on North Dorset Seconds at Coburg Road, with the home side lying fifth in the Wadworth Dorset & Wilts Two South table with North Dorset in ninth.

Again this is expected to be a tough physical game if the visitors play in their normal style.

Matt Fry will lead out the strongest team available to him when the teams are finally announced and look to get back on track following the loss last time out to rivals Bridport.

Kick-off at Coburg Road is 3pm.

Tonight, Dorchester Gladiators travel to Puddletown to take on a combined Puddletown and Blandford Seconds side in the merit table competition.

Gladiators’ captain, Tony O’Connell, will again have mixture of experience and youth in his side along with some players returning to the game.

Kick-off at Enterprise Park is 7.30pm.

Sunday morning has the Sunny Days Nursery-sponsored youth section in regular action, with under-6 to under-9 age groups entertaining Poole whilst the under-10s take on Poole and Swanage & Wareham along with the under-15s locking horns with Weymouth & Portland.

The afternoon action is provided by the Colts taking on Wimborne at 2pm.

The combined Dorchester Weymouth & Portland ladies team, now named the Ridgeway Roses, travel to Swanage & Wareham in league action and the girls’ teams head to North Dorset.

Dorchester’s Coburg Road clubhouse will be open from 8am for the much anticipated early morning Rugby World Cup quarter-final between England and Australia.

Meanwhile, Weymouth & Portland head to Sherborne Seconds following a two-week break.

The fifth-placed Seahorses beat basement boys Lytchett Minster in their previous Dorset & Wilts One South clash.


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