DORCHESTER 1st XV travel to Wimborne this Saturday for another Wadworth Dorset & Wilts 1 South clash (3pm), whilst the Phase Three kitchens sponsored A XV entertain East Dorset in a South 2 league fixture (3pm).

Selection this week for both teams is hampered due to injuries and availability. Both 1st and A XV scrum halves are out injured, with Dave Clarke and Jake Bosher suffering from a dislocated shoulder and concussion respectively. Kieran Mayall is another on the injury list with a hamstring injury.

Head Coach Martin Oxland has a core of senior players with James Newsam, James Baker, Lee King and Tom Gower all needing to lead from the front in the 1st XV. He also has the speed of both Louis Verkaik and James McKendry available.

Oxland, whilst pleased with last weekend’s positive result, feels the game was a reality check for some. He commented the team need to be “up for the challenge week on week before getting complacent about our league position.”

He said: “The team is still searching hard for an 80-minute performance and most games we have struggled to gain the upper hand in the first half.”

Under no illusion that the game against Wimborne will be anything other than a stern challenge and the unbeaten run counts for nothing in this fixture, Oxland feels the team can draw confidence in the character they have shown in recent matches with their backs against the wall having won games while not being at their best for 80 minutes.

Not naming the A XV to take on East Dorset until the last minute allows time to get the strongest side available on the pitch. Matt Fry will be keen to get that all important first home victory of the season.

On Sunday morning the junior section face local rivals Yeovil in the U6-U12 age groups and the U15’s welcome Frome to Dorchester. Later that afternoon the Ridgeway Roses lock horns with Bath 2nd XV in the Women’s National Junior Cup at Coburg Road.

Dorchester’s Coburg Road Clubhouse will be open from 08.30 Saturday morning showing the England v New Zealand All Blacks Rugby World Cup semi-final on the big screen with breakfast available. The RFU have been promoting the importance of watching the game at supporter’s local grassroots clubs.

Next weekend, Dorchester Rugby Club will be running their annual Fireworks spectacular evening, gates open 6pm. The biggest and best display in the area will have food for all tastes and is a true community event, with fun for all members of the family. Entry is £5 per adult on the gate.

By Tim Beavis