DORCHESTER Town manager Callum Brooks is searching for an elusive Magpies win as he prepares to face former club Hamworthy United in the Dorset Senior Cup quarter-finals tonight (7.45pm).

Brooks managed Hamworthy from May 2018 to March 2019 and Dorchester welcome the Hammers to the Clayson Stadium with their boss under growing pressure following a run of one victory in 12 league games.

However, the Magpies have picked up two cup victories during that run with Sherborne Town beaten 2-1 in the last 16 of the Dorset Senior Cup and Wimborne defeated 1-0 in the Southern League Challenge Cup.

Speaking to Echosport, Brooks is targeting a win to set his players up for a crucial BetVictor Southern Premier South clash at home to Metropolitan Police on Saturday.

“We need to win the game,” he said. “We need certain elements within the game – we need to get on the ball, play with an intensity.

“As much as we need to win, we really need to win the game on Saturday.

“It’s a good game, it’s at home and its one where we can get some rhythm and confidence into the boys ahead of Saturday.

“When I say that, Hamworthy’s an extremely well-run football club. They’ve got some really good players and experienced players. It will be anything but easy.

“We really need to be at a good level or it will become a difficult night.”

Dorchester are expected to field a near full-strength side as captain Dan Strugnell returns after suspension.

Plymouth duo Klaidi Lolos and Tom Purrington are available after missing Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Farnborough having played in Argyle’s 2-0 Premier League Under-23 Cup defeat at Fulham on Friday.

Right-back Kyle Egan could also earn more match minutes as he steps up his recovery from a knee ligament injury.