DORCHESTER run out at Surcouf Park tomorrow (3pm) against Swanage & Wareham for their final home game of this season’s Tribute Southern Counties South campaign.

Head coach Josh Ovey has a number of selection woes due to unavailability and injury but shows his trust in number of highly promising young players included in his squad, proving the club is growing talent well.

With a changed front row due to injury and illness, Dave Cottell starts alongside Scott Clarke and Joe Prior, Alex Sharp pairs up with the returning Laurence Burch in the second row and Charlie Sharpe continues his comeback from injury.

Ovey has fly-half woes with George Foot injured, so will leave it to the last minute to name his starter. Jack Hayward continues his great work at scrum-half with last week’s try-scoring debutant Tristan Walters moving to centre.

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Luke Robson returns from injury on the bench alongside Ovey himself and Scott Peach.

Last time out this match resulted in a narrow 18-14 win for Swans in a game Dorchester felt they could have won. The squad will be determined to banish last weekend’s 97-12 mauling at Salisbury out of their memories and put in a big squad performance in front of the home crowd.

Reflecting on his first complete season in charge of the county town outfit, Ovey said: “The main aims of this season were to get as many players back to the club and playing as possible following the two disrupted Covid seasons.

“We aimed to build a whole-club feel, which would ensure that we regularly fielded three teams and didn’t have to cancel any fixtures. I’m proud to say we’ve achieved this.

“The only outcome/performance targets we had for the first XV was to compete in the league, and survival would have been seen to be a success.

“Now sitting comfortably mid-table means that we have surpassed and overachieved those goals.

“Along the way we have given many successful debuts to recent Dorchester youth section graduates, such as Brook Legg, Scott Clarke, Freddie Marsden, Oli Wills, Tristan Walters and the final games will allow for greater squad rotation and a changing of the guard with new blood coming through the club, ready to compete for shirts next season.”

Showing how well the club is competing at all levels, Dorchester’s youth section have two Dorset & Wilts cup games on Sunday and one Dorset & Wilts final.

The under-15s and under-16s both take on Supermarine, whilst the ever successful Colts side play the Bowl final against North Dorset in a highly competitive match (2pm).