DORCHESTER Sports boss Ashley James is expecting an epic encounter at Jewishon Dorset Premier League rivals Merley Cobham Sports tomorrow (2pm).
James led his side to 13 consecutive wins in all competitions, while Merley won 12 in a row.
Dorchester Sports ended Merley’s well-documented 43-game winning streak with a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture last September.
And with Merley seeded second and Dorchester Sports third – on 49 points – it’s a high stakes game as they look to keep pace with leaders Ham Rec.
James told Echosport: “These are two teams in great shape. Whoever plays the best on the day will win the game.
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“It’s going to be a big contest, a big battle. We’re confident, they’re confident, so it should be a great game.
“We beat them last time out and now we have them in the two semi-finals, the Senior Trophy (and the Coupe de la Ligue), so we will face them three times in the coming weeks.
“We’re going to get to know each other’s games a bit. They are going to want to beat us. We (completed) their record – it was much bigger than our record. They will probably want to do the same with us.
Sports centre-back Louis Hankin will be missing for 10 weeks due to RAF training, while Brandon Heal, Billy Brumble and Jamie Quinton are recalled to the squad.