DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson feels the Magpies are “full of life” going into their Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division clash at Bishop’s Stortford tomorrow (3pm).

The two sides are separated only by virtue of goal difference, with the Blues in 19th and Dorchester in 20th.

Thompson’s men have secured 6-0 and 4-0 wins over St Ives and Farnborough respectively in their previous two games, both at home.

Dorchester have been troubled on the road this season, picking up just one win from 11 games, and now the Magpies’ manager is aiming to turn their impressive home form into results away from the Avenue.

He told Echosport: “What I’ve said to the players is: ‘You’ve done really these two games, wouldn’t it be nice to go into the Weymouth game on the back of three straight wins?’

“They have the opportunity to do that. They’re confident, they’re perky and they’re full of life so we’re hoping that we can transfer that to the away game and play as well as we have in the last two or three home games.”

With the Boxing Day derby at Weymouth looming large after facing the Blues, Thompson dismissed any notion of resting his players in preparation for meeting the Terras.

“We’re not going to mix and match, we’ve got three important points to play for. I want to be as strong as possible and win the game.

“I don’t think we’re in a position where I would consider (resting players) and I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.

“I’d bet if everyone picks a team they’d pick a different team. Most people would say they want this player and that player in the team.

“You have a chat with your management team and make decisions based on that. I’m not thinking of Weymouth at the moment, I’m thinking of Bishop’s Stortford.

“I really want to win that game because I think that will help towards the Weymouth game. Confidence is great when you’ve had two wins and when you’ve had three it’s a little bit more,” he said.

Dorchester travel to Hertfordshire in the knowledge that the encounter will be Mo Baghdadi’s last for the club

Baghdadi has scored eight goals in 12 games for the Magpies, but the winger is set to return to Germany over Christmas before rejoining parent club Bristol Rovers.

Ross Carmichael is expected to start against the Blues, but will miss the Weymouth derby through unavailability.

Midfielder Dom Panesar-Dower made the matchday squad against Farnborough and could feature for the first time since overcoming a recent illness.