STILL sitting precariously within the drop zone of the Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South, Dorchester entertain second placed Frome tomorrow.
Last time out Frome dispatched the county town outfit 48-5. In that game Dorchester were missing a number of regular players, but defended bravely and yet again those that travelled left the pitch with heads held high.
This time the squad looks to be strong with a number of unavailable players now back in the side.
Jo Prior looks to continue his good form in the front row from the off, as does Greg Hallett in the second row.
Dave Clarke returns to first-team action having now fully recovered from a shoulder injury, while Alex Peel returns from twin county duty to start at fly-half with the flying Jack Chatfield hoping to make his mark on the score sheet.
The match kicks off at 2.30pm, and will see a number of the club’s vice presidents and ex-players in attendance as it is their second lunch of the season. The team and the Coburg Road faithful will be hoping home advantage plays its part in a win and picking up some much needed points if they are to avoid the drop.
Cheering the team on as ever will be Mark Loder, who over many seasons now has been ever present come rain or shine with the team in good or poor form, stood urging them on expecting nothing less than a win.
Loder is having the game sponsored in his honour by his family for his dedication to Dorchester Rugby Club.
Dorchester’s A XV take the short trip to Oakmeadians, who sit 10 places below them in the league table.
Rob Parker will be looking to come home with maximum points again to consolidate their position atop the table.
With a powerful front row of Joe Underhill, Alan Gale and Dave Cottell plus the hard tackling Josh Hosford at number eight, added to a swift back line including Julian Dale, Leo Ansell and Jack Ward, Parker has assembled a very strong side. The match kicks off at 2.30pm.
Tony O’Connell’s Gladiators XV travel to Salisbury who sit one place below them in the Dorset & Wilts Three South table. Following their recent defeat at Poole, the side will be keen to return home with a win.
Sunday will see two Dorset & Wilts semi-finals in the morning for the under-15s and under-16s who welcome Chippenham and Cobras to the club respectively, while the combined Dorchester Weymouth Portland Ladies team entertain Jersey Ladies at 1pm.The reverse fixture in December saw a Jersey win, coach Sam Wilson will be keen to see her side put in a dazzling effort at home to put some points on the board.