STURMINSTER Newton United have collected their third piece of silverware in three seasons after securing the Dorset Premier League title.

The Cherries previously won the Dorset Senior Trophy in 2021/22 and claimed the Dorset Premier League Cup in 2022/23.

However, this league title trumps the lot and comes off the back of a stunning run of form.

Stur constructed a seven-game winning streak at the most opportune time, defeating Poole Borough, Bridport Reserves, Merley, Swanage, Hamworthy Reserves and holders Holt.

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Having amassed 22 goals in that sequence, the biggest result of the lot came when the Cherries sank title rivals Blandford 2-1 at Park Road to blow open the race for the trophy.

The magnificent septet of victories came at the business end of an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, which also included a 1-0 victory over Blandford in the League Cup.

Holt were the Cherries' final victims, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat on the last day.

And Sturminster could yet seal a league and cup double, should they beat Wimborne Town Reserves in the final at Portland’s Camp & Satherley Stadium tomorrow (2pm).

Newton already have Wimborne to thank in part for their league title, after the Magpies prevented Blandford from overhauling the Cherries.

In what was Blandford’s final match of the season, the Royals needed to beat the New Cuthbury outfit to stand any chance of catching Sturminster.

However, Wimborne’s 4-2 victory officially stopped Blandford’s title charge in its tracks.

Blandford will be doubly disappointed to end up third after leading the standings for the majority of the season, complete with an unbeaten record.

However, their form began to drop off following a shock 2-1 loss at Weymouth side Balti Sports.

In the end, Sturminster Newton won the league by four points, with Wimborne edging ahead of Blandford into second on goal difference.