DORCHESTER head across to Wiltshire to face Swindon College Old Boys in the Tribute Southern Counties South tomorrow (3pm).

Whilst Dorchester lost narrowly going down with great spirit last weekend, Swindon College Old Boys were on the end of 41-10 defeat to early league leaders Devizes.

Josh Ovey shuffles his pack this week, with Callum King an early injury casualty in the campaign. 

Following his first-team debut, Ed Martin starts. 

Ovey is keen to involve younger players, and with Martin and Freddie Charles he has two players who have come through the club’s strong youth setup and both played in a Schools Final at Twickenham, picking up winner’s medals along with current Bath fly-half Orlando Bailey. 

Swindon should prove a slightly less daunting ground for them.

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With Steve Tucker remaining at number eight, Ovey moves James Newsam into the backs at centre and Liam Moss comes in at full-back.

Ovey is aware he has some key players out but also knows he has the making of a good strong squad building for the future of the club. 

He is in no doubt it will prove a strong task to take on the mid-table team from the previous season in Southern Counties, but he is also sure his team will do everything possible to bring home the points.

Club captain Tony O’Connell commented on last weekend’s game and the current feeling at the club.

He said: “Before last Saturday’s fixture, if I had been offered a game where we showed equal measures of composure and tenacity in defence, with an unlucky bounce of the ball and an unseen grounding denying us two tries, I would have bitten their hand off. 

“However, the truth is we are not in this league to make up the numbers or be plucky losers and we are not interested in making excuses, but we are here to play well and play to win.

“It is a testament to the commitment and hard work the players have put into training, in addition to the growing sense of togetherness across all three senior teams that despite the awful weather this week and issues with fuel we had great numbers at training and a resolve to learn and prepare for this weekend’s games.”

Dorchester’s A XV take on Christchurch in the Tribute Dorset & Wilts Two South League at Surcouf Park (3pm) although some doubt has been raised due to a shortage of referees. 

The junior section have their games as usual on Sunday, with under-13s, under-15s and under-16s in action against Wimborne, Salisbury and Oakmeadians respectively, the 15s kicking off at home at 12.30pm. 

Dorchester under-14s take on North Dorset in a Dorset & Wilts Cup clash away, with the Colts locking horns against Trowbridge at home (2pm).