DORCHESTER Sports have all but conceded defeat in their quest to overhaul leaders Hamworthy Rec, manager Ashley James has admitted.
Sports and Recreation are vying for promotion to Stage 6 and winning the Jewishon Dorset Premier League could weigh heavily in favor of either team when the FA consider their bids.
The league-leading Rec currently enjoys a 10-point advantage over third-placed Sports, who are five points adrift of second-placed Merley.
James’ men will then take part in a derby at Portland United Reserves tomorrow (3pm) on their last away day of the season.
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During the title battle, he told Echosport: “I don’t think anyone really thinks too far ahead like that.
(Ham Rec) won’t go wrong, it’s as simple as that. We could win every game by the end of the season and we won’t win the league.
“They are too good. Unfortunately, we were the third best team this season. We have to keep aiming to be the best we can be and catch up with these two teams.
“The league does not lie. We have eight or nine games left, we will continue, try to accumulate as many points as possible and see where it takes us.
“It’s our last away game of the season. Normally you don’t pack them that early.
“We’ve already eclipsed the DPL’s all-time best total of 59 points – we’re down to 60 now. We keep a lot of statistics.
Nick Hutchings (suspended), Caleb Tennant (knee) and Tony Carlile (unavailable) are out but Jamie Samways and Brandon Heal return. Goalkeeper Ash Green enters the game against his former club.