DORCHESTER Sports renew their rivalry with old adversaries Merley in the Dorset Premier League tomorrow (2pm).

Sports travel to east Dorset looking to take their first win of the season against Johny Bines’ men, who have beaten the county town side twice already.

While they were slender 2-1 and 1-0 losses, Sports’ boss Ashley James is wary of Merley and stressed the need for his players to be at their best.

He told Echosport: “Unfortunately we’ve come out with two defeats.

“They’ve been close games but we haven’t been able to get over the line. We know we’ll have to be at our very best to overcome them.

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“They’ve had some good results and we haven’t been able to get that win for a while in the league. It’s going to be a difficult away game but we’re confident we can get the three points.

“It’s been like it all season. The only game we haven’t competed has been Blandford when we lost 4-0.

“We’re close but we’re not close enough. We’ve got to keep improving and everyone’s got to get better in certain areas.

“Hopefully we’ll pick up a big win against a big side soon. Hopefully that’ll be Saturday.”

Matt Groves returns to face his old side, while goalkeeper Nick Hutchings is fit again. Ash Smith is also available, while Owen Peart, Jack Steele and Toby Read are in contention.