MARTINSTOWN captain Ed Nichols is eager for his team to have a significant say in the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League title race when they travel to leaders Swanage tomorrow (1pm).

Nichols’ men suffered a third cancellation in as many weeks when the square at Lower Ashton Farm was waterlogged for the visit of relegation rivals Shillingstone, but says the incentives are there for them against the Swans.

He told Echosport: “We have got a bit of a stake in the title race. That’s quite a good incentive for us, another one is that they absolutely smashed our seconds at the weekend so we want a bit of revenge.

“We played very well against Dorchester and we should have beaten Swanage earlier in the season. We got 250 and should have defended that.

“It’s a difficult place to play, it’s going to be very up and down. They are going to be really up for it. On paper it’s not one of the ones I look at more in terms of individual players.

“It will be interesting to see how it goes but it’s not one that I expect us to be outclassed in.”

Nichols is set to make two changes to the squad that was assembled for the Shillingstone non-result, with Sam Kershaw and Nathan McNab replaced by Chris Read and Matt Rimmer.

n Martinstown Seconds have a bye weekend tomorrow, but return to action at home to Witchampton Seconds on Saturday, August 19.