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Anderson back to boost Upwey’s Trophy bid
Steve Reynolds’ men recorded a 5-1 league victory against local rivals Weymouth Sports last Saturday but their season has been stop-start up to yet and a cup run could prove to be the perfect tonic.
The Upwey boss told Echosport: “We have only played eight league games so far and we have also had two long breaks through postponements and rearrangements, which has not been ideal.
“Due to that we have struggled for consistency and what we need now is a run of games so we can try and get some momentum going.
“We have a good record at Okeford so hopefully we can go there and put on a good performance.
“It would be great to have a cup run this year and it would set us up nicely for a tough league game against unbeaten leaders Mere Town next weekend.”
Having Anderson back will be a big boost for Upwey but they are likely to be without Adam Anstey and Sean Zima, who are expected to return to Weymouth Reserves.
Meanwhile, Mere travel to reigning champions Portland United Reserves in the Dorset Senior League (2pm) and Lee Clarke is looking forward to the challenge.
The Blues currently sit 11 points adrift of the runaway table-toppers but with home advantage they will fancy their chances of cutting that deficit to eight, despite losing last time out to Kingston Lacy.
Portland boss Clarke said: “We lost 1-0 at their place earlier in the season in a very tight game and I expect tomorrow to be no different.
“Last Saturday’s performance against Lacy was good even though we did not get the result, and with a few players beginning to come back from injury now, we will go into it full of confidence.”
Ian Bickerstaff, Ross Boatswain and Tugwell are all expected to return for the Blues, who currently lie fourth.
Finally, Sports have not got a fixture this weekend and will be back in action on December 15 when they are set to host Lacy.