North Dorset RFC want to make a flying start in Southern Counties South this season – with new head coach Paul Emerson hoping for a noticeable improvement in the first few months.
The Gillingham outfit begin their league campaign in three weeks’ time when they visit Supermarine. New captain Stacy Dyer wants his side to start enjoying their rugby again after a difficult campaign last term.
“I think it’s important to remember that we are a young team and we have learnt a lot in the last couple of seasons” said Dyer. “We have a stable team now to move forward with. It’s a young squad and we are learning all the time.
“I think we need to start enjoying our rugby again and the league will look after itself.”
Dyer and Emerson appear to be on the same page in preparing for next season. The Slaughtergate side’s new coach doesn’t want to set any premature targets, but expects to see a significant improvement by Christmas.
“What I don’t want is people expecting too much of these guys early on” he said. “But I would be really disappointed if by November or December, we hadn’t seen a massive improvement in their skill levels and their set piece work.
“It takes time for them to learn and to bond with each other. I’m hoping that in the first couple of months, our enthusiasm and spirit will be vital as we look to improve.
“I wouldn’t think for a moment that we were going to win every game and push people all over the park – but we will certainly hold our own.”
North Dorset begin their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Castle Cary RFC on Friday at Slaughtergate (kick-off 7:15pm).