FOLLOWING last weekend’s big win over Swanage and Wareham, this weekend Dorchester travel to Bridport for their Wadworth6X Dorset & Wilts One South fixture.

Taking an unbeaten run into the game and currently lying second on the table on points difference, Dorchester will be looking to continue the run.

Training this week has seen strong numbers and the recent selection difficulties have eased with players back from injury.

Club captain James Newsam returns to the side bringing not just his ability but experience and leadership also.

Having watched the footage of the game against the Swans, coach Ben Parker said: “Rich Bament and I along with the coaching team were pleased with what we saw, however, we need to keep moving forward as a squad and if we are to develop even more we need to find areas to work on and improve.

“We are confident we can achieve another five points this weekend, and we need the players to stay focused and take the positives from last weekend into this game, and to come away from Bridport with the win.”

Dave Cottell is rested for the game after picking up a minor injury but Andrew McCreedy steps in at loose-head for his first-team starting debut after a strong performance from the bench against Swanage & Wareham.

Tom Evans returns to the front row and Harry Charlier makes his first-team debut. The game kicks off at Bridport at 3pm.

Dorchester’s other senior sides are both scheduled to play at home, with the A XV entertaining Blandford Seconds and the Gladiators’ third XV welcoming Ringwood & Ellingham to Coburg Road, both matches kicking off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Weymouth & Portland entertain Oakmeadians at Monmouth Avenue tomorrow, also in Dorset & Wilts One


Dan Bowditch’s men will be looking to bounce back after they suffered a narrow 28-25 defeat to Bridport last week.

Swanage & Wareham will be aiming to end their winless run in Southern Counties South when they travel to face fellow strugglers Walcot, while Puddletown go to Bournemouth Fourths in Dorset & Wilts Two South.

Sunday at Coburg Road will be busy with a Mini Festival for Dorchester’s under-7s through to under-11s while the under-12s will try and emulate the senior side when they lock horns with Swanage & Wareham.

Sunday afternoon sees the county town Colts in the Dorset & Wilts Cup quarter-final against Oakmeadians