DORCHESTER Sports boss Ashley James faces a battle to form a side for the trip to Sturminster Newton United tomorrow (3pm).

Sports are currently fourth in the Jewishon Dorset Premier League table, two points behind leaders Hamworthy Rec after seven games.

However, with only 17 registered players, Sports has seven injured or unavailable players.

James has been busy signing players this week, with Portland United defender Louis Hankin a player to get the call.

Sports face a much improved Sturminster Newton side, who have taken advantage of Gillingham’s promotion to the Western League Division One by signing several new players.

James told Echosport: “It’s another team that is undefeated. We did it in Blandford on Saturday so we will be looking to do it in Sturminster (tomorrow).

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“It’s a huge game for us. We have to go there, try to collect the three points and continue the good race.

“They have five or six players from Gillingham from last year. Obviously, Gillingham were a top team, so it’s no surprise that they were good up there.

“It’s another tough away game so if we continue to rack up those points on the road it will put us in a good position after the new year where we have a lot of home games to come.”

Shaun Bessant (suspended), Carl Hopkins, Alex Gould, Owen Peart and Matt Peart (all unavailable), Ash Smith and Jamie Quinton (both at calf) are all out, but Brandon Heal is back on form.


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