NORTH Dorset RFC are hoping to build on last week’s thumping win over Ivel Barbarians when the Slaughterate outfit visit Frome this afternoon.
The Gillingham-based side are turning their attention to next month’s clash against league leaders Wells RFC – and are hoping to build some momentum this month.
Head coach Steve Ashfield believes his side can end Wells unbeaten run and that their experience of applying at a higher level last year could be crucial.
“We beat teams better than Wells last season – so it all depends on our mind-set on the day” he said.
“If we can get a few wins together, that should bump us up the table as we’re playing teams we can expect to win against over the next few week.”
North Dorset go into this afternoon’s clash as favourites after winning the reverse fixture at Slaughtergate in September.
Frome have lost their last two games – both heavy defeats at Wells and Wimborne.
“We are focusing on that game with Wells, and we can hopefully improve our fitness from the Christmas period over the next month and pick up some confidence” added Ashfield.
“We have a few players returning from injuries, so we’re keeping positive and just looking to climb up that league table.”
Josh Marshall is expected to keep his place in the North Dorset team after scoring three tries on his senior debut against Ivel.
Frome are locked on 13 points with Dorchester RFC near the bottom of the Southern Counties South league table – and have a tough schedule over the next month.
After hosting North Dorset this afternoon, Frome visit Sherborne – before tough games against Swanage and Wareham and Trowbridge.