DORCHESTER Sports’ boss Ashley James expects a “battle” with Dorset Premier League rivals Parley Sports tomorrow (2pm).

James’ men lost 8-1 to runaway leaders Hamworthy Recreation last time out, whereas Parley were defeated 3-2 at Bridport Reserves.

Past experiences have indicated to James the difficulty of facing Parley away and the visiting manager is keen to address a winless run of three games.

He told Echosport: “They’re a good team at home and we always have a tough battle up there.

“It’s a tough one to come back to after a big defeat, but we’ve got to roll our sleeves up, not feel sorry for ourselves and get a good result.

“We know we can do it, we’ve just got to stop the mistakes, get focused and everyone’s got to be on it from the first minute.

“If we can do that we know we can get positive results, but at the moment that’s not happening.”

Commenting on the strength of Parley, James added: “Their physicality, they’re a big strong side, they like to get the ball forward really quick.

“You’ve got to press them, they like to get the ball over the top as quick as they can so you’ve got to be switched on right from the first minute.

“We’ve always done quite well up there but we’ve been under the cosh for a long time in the games.”

Ben and Pat Thomas miss out alongside Jamie West through unavailability. Alex Gould and Antony Frost (knee) are doubts while Adam Steele and Phil Hill definitely come back. Striker Will Turland will also be recalled from the reserves.