ON THE last weekend before Christmas and in fact the last rugby action this decade, Dorchester Rugby Club will contest the Dorset & Wilts Senior Vase final at Warminster tomorrow (2pm).

The county town outfit, unbeaten in 12 games, sit top of Wadworth Dorset & Wilts One South and travel to meet Minety, who sit 10th in the Dorset & Wilts One North.

Whilst there is a gap between both sides’ records this season, Minety will be keen to be the first side to beat Dorchester and be the unlucky 13th fixture.

Coach Martin Oxland will demand total concentration and a full 80-minute performance from his side.

With injuries affecting his squad selection and potential availability issues with a game close to Christmas, Oxland has yet to name his team.

This season, Oxland has used a small core of players in his first-team squad and continuity has been key to good performances.

There is hope Captain James Newsam may be available after injury to spur the team on, but Oxland is leaving naming his squad as late possible to ensure he has his core players available.

Dorchester last won this trophy in the 2017/18 season where they then progressed to the South West Vase final and a narrow loss to Slough.

Following the match the clubhouse at Surcouf Park will open between 6.30 and 11pm for players and supporters to hopefully celebrate picking up some silverware. If results go well it will be a fine end to the year for Dorchester Rugby Club.