DORCHESTER Town face a “vital” two fixtures in which manager Leigh Robinson has challenged his squad to show “what they’re made of”.

Robinson referred to tomorrow’s Pitching In Southern Premier South clash at Yate Town (3pm) and Tuesday’s home derby with Wimborne as key ahead of a grim run of games.

After facing Wimborne, Dorchester must tackle big-hitters Tiverton, Swindon Supermarine, Salisbury, Taunton and Truro in consecutive matches.

Dorchester are looking to jolt their season into life after a 3-1 league defeat to Weston-super-Mare and a disturbing 2-1 FA Cup exit at Christchurch.

Speaking to Echosport, Robinson said: “We’ve got to look at (tomorrow) and Tuesday as some really big games.

“Yate and Wimborne you might say are lesser-fancied sides in the league.

“After that, we’ve got a run of all the really fancied sides, it’s a tough run.

“It’s absolutely vital, so that we’re not going to have a tough winter, we get some points on the board in the next two games so we give ourselves a cushion and the pressure’s off after that.

“You can see it’s still a new team, it’s coming together.

“We’ve got to continue to gel the team and get better performances out of them. We’re putting our faith in people and not getting anything back.”

Robinson added: “We’ll see what they’re made of. Granted, we are still finding out about people.

“We’ve given them a good stage to perform but so far they haven’t done that, so we’ll see if we can get a bit of a reaction out of them.

“More importantly, we’ll see who’s hurting after (Christchurch). No question it was an embarrassing, humiliating defeat.

“Sometimes in a season you need these massive kicks up the backside to get you going.”

Dorchester have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Gloucestershire.

“It will just be a lot of selection problems,” Robinson said. “There are lads on the bench that have sat and watched us underperform in games.

“People like Harry Hodges, Sam Bayston – it might be time to give these lads a run.”