DORCHESTER Town assistant James Wood insists the Magpies’ squad must be put through their paces ahead of a challenging pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town tonight (7pm).

Dorchester and boss Glenn Howes welcome the Glovers to the Avenue Stadium for what has almost been an annual fixture in recent seasons.

In their last meeting in 2020, Dorchester lost 2-0 as Jack Clarke and Carl Dickinson got on the scoresheet.

This summer, the contest represents Dorchester’s biggest examination as they come up against a side ranked two divisions above them.

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Despite coming into the friendly following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Hamworthy United, Wood wants the game to provide Dorchester with “questions” asked of their squad.

Speaking to the club’s media team, he said: “It’s going to be a test, we know that.

“They’re a full-time quality outfit so we expect that we will have long periods without the ball.

“So (our) organisation, shape, desire, work rate – all these things that you want to say are going to be abundant, we’re going to need them.

“But we’ve got good players out there, we still want to be a threat with the ball.

“That’s the way we want it. Pre-seasons shouldn’t be easy, they shouldn’t have it all their own way.

“You have to be asking these questions of them and that will stand them in good stead for August the 6th (first league game).”

Yeovil have only toasted one victory in pre-season so far, courtesy of a 4-0 win over Sherborne Town.

New manager Chris Hargreaves has achieved 0-0 and 1-1 draws against Taunton and Exeter respectively before a 2-0 defeat to Plymouth on Saturday.