DORCHESTER Sports maintain their bid for Dorset Senior Trophy success with a rearranged first-round tie at Sherborne Town Reserves tomorrow (2.30pm).

Sports’ fixture has a knock-on effect for Balti Sports, who will now travel to Gillingham.

Dorset FA rules stated the tie had to take place on the following weekend, with Storm Alex putting paid to the initial clash.

Exmouth Town have also had a hand in the shuffle, with their FA Vase game at Sherborne Town called off due to positive Covid-19 tests at the Devon side.

With the Zebras’ first team seeing their home fixture called off, their reserves’ Dorset Senior Trophy tie was therefore shoehorned in.

And Dorchester Sports’ boss Ashley James is eagerly awaiting the cup meeting, with the winners hosting Gillingham in round two.

He said: “Nothing’s changed, we desperately want a good run in the cup and to go long.

“It keeps the momentum going all the way through the year. We’re definitely hopeful of getting a good result.

“A cup game is always a tough game and we never get an easy game at Sherborne. We’ll have to be on our best form – we can’t drop off.

“They’ve started well and got some really positive results, winning at Blandford, so we’ll definitely have to be on top of our game to get anything out of it.”

Sports are without the unavailable Shaun Bessant and Jamie Sibley, Brandon Heal (ankle) plus Ben Thomas (back), but Ash Smith returns.

Meanwhile, Balti welcome back Ethan Devaney, Sean Zima and Che Curran but Sammy Nichols remains suspended. Charlie Kenderdine (knee) is out.