Dorset Premier League

Next Weeks Fixtures

Date Home Team Away Team Kick off Time
29th Apr Gillingham Town Res Mere Town 3.00pm
29th Apr Parley Sports Merley Cobham Sports 3.00pm
29th Apr Swanage Town & Herston Cranborne 3.00pm
29th Apr Westland Sports Wareham Rangers 3.00pm

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Site Updated - 21:49 on 26/04/2017


Match Day Round Up

In the early kick off tonight Blandford United welcomed Merley CS to the Rec, and it was the visitors who ran out 2-0 winners. In the late kick off, Mere Town went to Sherborne Town Res and came away with a narrow 1-0 win.



Parley Sports

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CONGRATULATIONS go to PARLEY SPORTS FC who tonight triumphed 5-3 on penalties to beat Holt United to lift the Trophy after the game finished 2-2 AET

In Tonights only League match, Gillingham Town Res beat visitors Wareham Rangers 5-2 at Hardings Lane.


Match Day Round Up

Champions Holt United suffered a rare defeat as Westland Sports won a 10 goal thriller 6-4 at Petersham Lane. Swanage Town & Herston dropped 2 valuable points in their quest for a top 3 finish as Parley Sports held them to a 2-2 draw. Merley CS triumphed 5-0 at the Avenue Stadium against hosts Dorchester Sports. In the remaining two games, Sherborne Town Res triumphed 3-1 at home against Cranborne whilst Wareham Rangers won by the same score at Sturminster Newton.


League Statement UPDATE

Following additional communication from Holt United FC, separate to correspondence already received by the League.

Holt United FC have indicated they will now be appealing the decision to remove them from the League Cup.

This means that next week's scheduled Final will be postponed until the Appeal process has been concluded.


Match Day Round Up

In this evenings fixture, Dorchester Sports continued their good form with a 2-0 win at home against Bridport Reserves.

League Statement

Following a protest lodged in accordance with League Rules after the recent DPL League Cup Semi Final match between;

Holt United FC & Swanage Town & Herston FC

and after a full investigation, Holt United FC have been removed from the Competition in line with League Cup Rule 5 (G)


Match Day Round Up

In tonights only scheduled fixture Hamworthy Recreation finished off their season with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Parley Sports.


Match Day Round Up

With only 1 game taking place this Bank Holiday, Merley CS and Mere Town served up an 11 goal thriller for those in attendance as Merley defeated their visitors 6-5.


Match Day Round Up

CONGRATULATIONS to all at Holt United FC who by winning 3-1 at Blandford United deservedley secured the League Title this afternoon.

Nearest challengers Balti Sports went down 3-2 at Hamworthy Recreation. Swanage picked up an impressive win at Merley CS 2-1 whilst Westland Sports travelled to Gillingham Res and claimed all 3 points after running out q5-2 winners,  Dorchester Sports maintained their good form with a 4-2 home win against Sturminster Newton, whilst Mere Town won 1-0 at the County Ground against hosts Hamworthy Utd Res. In the remaining two games Bridport Res drew 0-0 against Parley Sports at St Marys field whilst Sherborne Town Res played Wareham Rangers at Raleigh Grove with the game finishing 1-1.


Match Day Round Up

Holt United moved 3 points clear at the top of the table tonight after defeating Wareham Rangers 2-0 at Petersham Lane. In the evenings late kick off Gillingham Town Res welcomed Parley Sports to Hardings Lane and won 2-1.


Match Day Round Up

Holt United maintained top position in the League after a 3-1 win at Gillingham Town Res, Balti Sports stay on their heels after a 5-1 win against Merley CS at Cranford Avenue. Hamworthy Rec thrashed Mere Town 7-0 whilst top scorers on the day go to Dorchester Sports who travelled to Cranborne and won 11-2. Wareham Rangers also won on the road 3-1 at Blandford United. In the remaining fixture Bridport Res and Westland Sports played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at St Marys field.


Match Day Round Up

Holt United moved to the top of the table this evening after a comfortable 3-0 win at Sherborne Town Res whilst Swanage Town & Herston welcomed Blandford United to Days Park and duly beat their visitors 6-0


Match Day Round Up

League Cup Semi Final

Holt United beat Swanage Town & H 2-0 at Days Park and will play Gillingham Town Res in the final.


Balti Sports faltered somewhat, drawing 0-0 at Parley Sports while Hamworthy Recreation beat hosts Sturminster  Newton 2-0.  Merley CS  inflicted Dorchester Sports biggest defeat of the season beating them 7-1 While Hamworthy Utd Res beat visitors Cranborne 5-2. Gillingham Town Res played out a 2-2 draw with Bridport Res whilst Westland Sports beat Blandford United 4-1.


Match Day Round Up

Balti Sports returned to winning ways with a narrow 2-1 win at Sherborne Town Res. Still hot on their heels are Holt Utd who travelled to Sturminster Newton and duly won 3-1. Hamworthy Rec thrashed Bridport Res 5-0 at Magna Road whilst Dorchester Sports and Swanage Town & Herston played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Avenue. Cranborne lost at home 3-0 to Merley Cobham Sports whilst Mere Town picked up an impressive win in the Purbecks after defeating hosts Wareham Rangers 4-1.


Match Day Round Up

Merley CS made the trip to Bridport Res and claimed all 3 points after a deserved 4-1 win. In the Evenings other game played at the County Ground, Hamworthy Utd Res entertained Parley Sports and it was the visitors who triumphed 2-0.

Match Postponed

Tonights League Fixture between Gillingham Town Res and Mere Town has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch at Hardings Lane following a 2nd Pitch Inspection.


Match Day Round Up

With Balti Sports not playing, Holt United missed the chance to go top, after losing 2-0 at Hamworthy Rec whilst Swanage Town & H beat Hamworthy Utd 5-0 at the County Ground in their pursuit of a Top 3 finish. Westland Sports beat Parley Sports by the odd goal in 3 at Alvington whilst Dorchester Sports went down to visitors Blandford Utd 1-0. Merley CS came away from Gillingham Town Res with 3 points after beating their hosts 4-2 while Wareham Rangers beat Bridport Res 2-0.  At the bottom Cranborne gained a rare win, only their 2nd of the season, after deservedly beating Sturminster Newton 3-1 at Home.



Parley Respect

Parley Sports Chairwoman Sharron Connell receiving a Cheque for £25.00 from League Chairman, Mr Mike Mock for her Team winning the most improved - On their previous 5 games - Respect Award in Games 6 - 10


Match Day Round Up

Dorset Senior Cup

Swanage Town & Herston's superb run in the Dorset Senior Cup was halted this evening at the Semi Final stage when they lost 5-0 at Western League side Gillingham Town. The Swans can be very proud of their Senior Cup campaign this season.


Holt United moved within 2 points of League Leaders Balti Sports this evening and with 5 games in hand, after a 2-1 home win against Bridport Reserves played at Bournemouth Poppies FC. in this evenings other match, Merley CS triumphed 4-0 at the County ground against Hamworthy United Reserves so moving upto 7th in the table.


Match Day Round Up

Leaders Balti Sports slip to another defeat this time 4-1 at home to Blandford Utd. Hamworthy Rec beat Gillingham Town Res 4-1 at Magna Road whilst Westland Sports travelled to Hamworthy Utd Res and won 4-0. In the North Dorset derby, Sherborne Town Res welcomed Sturminster Newton and it was the Cherries who triumphed 1-0. The remaining 3 games all ended in draws with Cranborne picking up a welcome point after their 1-1 draw at Mere Town. Parley Sports and Dorchester Sports drew 1-1 also, whilst Wareham Rangers and Merley Cobham Sports ended 0-0.

Match Postponed


Swanage Town & Herston v Holt United

has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch following a 1pm pitch inspection conducted by the Match Officials.

Therefore League Cup Rule 4a will now be discussed by the LMC.

"If a tie is POSTPONED on 2 occasions due to an unfit pitch, then the League Management Committee reserve the right to switch the tie to the Away Clubs venue."


Match Postponed

Tonights League Fixture between Holt Utd v Bridport Res has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch at Bournemouth Poppies FC.


Match Postponed

Tonights Dorset Senior Cup Semi Final between Gillingham Town v SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch at Hardings Lane.


Match Day Round Up

Congratulations to both Holt United and Parley Sports who both made it into the final today of the Dorset Senior Trophy by beating Portland United Res 8-1 and Blandford United 2-0 respectively.

In the League Balti Sports drop more points this time held 1-1 at Hamworthy Utd Res, Dorchester Sports welcomed Mere Town and won 3-2 whilst Hamworthy Rec thumped Wareham Rangers 6-0 at Magna Road. Merley CS returned to winning ways by beating hosts Sturminster Newton 3-1 away. In a north of the region derby, Westland Sports beat Sherborne Town Res 3-1 at Alvington.

Pitch Inspections UPDATED

Pitch Inspection

Hamworthy Rec v Wareham Rangers

Swanage Town & H v Cranborne POSTPONED

Holt Utd v Portland Utd Res Dorset Senior Trophy

Are ALL subject to Morning Pitch Inspections.


Match Postponed

This Saturdays Gillingham Town Res v Bridport Res fixture has been Postponed due to a Les Phillips Cup Match being scheduled for Gillingham's 1st team.

Dorset Senior Cup UPDATE

A new date has been scheduled for the Semi Final match;

Gillingham Town v SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON - March 7th 2017

Kick off at Hardings Lane, Gillingham SP8 4HX is at 7.45 pm



Balti Respect

Balti Sports Manager Marco Nott receiving a Cheque for £75.00 from League Chairman, Mr Mike Mock for his Team winning the Respect Award Games 6 - 10

Match Day Round Up

In the top of the table clash it was Holt United who triumphed in testing conditions at the College 1-0 over hosts Balti Sports. In the North Dorset reserve derby, Gillingham Town Res beat visitors Sherborne Town Res 2-1. Blandford Utd picked up a welcome 2-0 win at Mere Town, whilst Swanage maintained their good form with a 4-0 win at Sturminster Newton. Westlands welcomed Merley CS to Alvington and duly picked up a deserved 3-1 win. Hamworthy Rec thrashed Cranborne 6-0 at the Mick Loader Ground. Parley Sports beat Wareham Rangers 4-1 this afternoon. In the late kick off, Hamworthy United Res and Dorchester Sports played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the County Ground.


Match Day Round Up

Swanage gained a valuable 4-2 win against Merley CS in tonight's only fixture.


Match Day Round Up

In tonights only fixture played at Bournemouth Poppies FC, Holt United beat Cranborne 3-0 to close the gap further on League leaders Balti Sports.



Please go to the Respect section to see points totals for 1 - 5 & 6 - 10 games

Cran Respect

Cranborne Manager Luke Tanner receiving a Cheque for £75.00 from League Chairman, Mr Mike Mock for his Team winning the Respect Award 1 - 5


Match Day Round Up

Leaders Balti Sports drop points after a 1-1 draw at Mere Town allowing Holt United to close the gap further after their 7-0 home win over Parley Sports. Westland Sports and Swanage Town & Herston drew 1-1 at Alvington whilst Merley CS come from behind to beat visitors Hamworthy Rec 2-1. Wareham Rangers accounted for Cranborne at the Purbeck Center 2-0. Gillingham Town Res travelled to Blandford Utd and returned with all 3 points after a narrow 3-2 win. In the late kick offs, Sturminster Newton won 1-0 at Bridport Res whilst at three County Ground Hamworthy Utd Res drew 1-1 with Sherborne Town Res.

Pitch Inspection UPDATE

Pitch Inspection


Game ON following a morning pitch Inspection.



Match Day Round Up

DPL League Cup Semi Final

Congratulations to Gillingham Town Res who have made it through to the final after a narrow 2-1 win at home against Merley Cobham Sports.


Balti Sports hammered Wareham Rangers 9-0 in the Purbecks whilst Hamworthy Rec also hammer their opponents Sherborne Town Res 9-1 at Magna Road. Dorchester Sports welcomed Westland Sports and ran out 4-1 winners whilst Parley Sports secured a narrow 2-1 win at lowly Cranborne, another close game saw Blandford Utd win 1-0 at Sturminster Newton. In the late Kick Off Bridport Res and Mere Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at St Marys field.




Has been POSTPONED due to an unfit pitch following a morning pitch inspection.


Match Day Round Up

With only 2 games surviving the recent wet weather, Mere Town welcomed Sturminster Newton and won a tight game 2-1, whilst in the late game played on Hamworthy United Reserves artificial pitch, it was their visitors, Gillingham Town Reserves who came away with the points after a 1-0 win.


Following pitch inspections, the following fixtures;

Hamworthy Rec v Bridport Res

Holt Utd v Merley CS

Parley Sports v Dorchester Sports

Sherborne Town Res v Cranborne

Swanage Town & Herston v Blandford Utd

Westland Sports v Wareham Rangers

Have ALL been POSTPONED due to Waterlogged pitches.

Adverse Weather - Postponement Protocol

With weather warnings issued by the Met Office for strong winds and rain over the next 24 hours

Please arrange for a local referee to conduct an early pitch inspection in the morning in order to prevent unnecessary travel by the Away team

Thank you in advance.



Tonights scheduled match;


Has been POSTPONED following a morning pitch inspection due to a waterlogged pitch.


Match Day Round Up

Balti Sports stay top after a 4-0 away win at Sturminster Newton, whilst Holt United travelled to the Avenue Stadium and beat hosts Dorchester Sports 3-0. Hamworthy Rec recovered from 3 down to stage an exciting comeback and beat their visitors Swanage Town & Herston 4-3. Gillingham Town Res return from Cranborne with all 3 points after thrashing the basement dwellers 9-1. Hamworthy Utd Res picked up a welcome win 3-2 at Blandford Utd whilst another side to win away from home were Merley Cobham Sports who won 4-2 at Sherborne Town Res.


Todays scheduled matches;



Have been POSTPONED following morning pitch inspections due to WATERLOGGED pitches.


Match Day Round Up

Swanage Town & Herston returned emphatically to winning ways tonight with an 11-1 thrashing of their hosts Sherborne Town Res at Raleigh Grove.



Tonights scheduled HAMWORTHY UTD RES v PARLEY SPORTS fixture has been POSTPONED due to thick fog by the Match Referee.


Match Reports

I am pleased to say that the uploading of your Match reports onto this web site has begun. So far you will be able to see January 7th, 14th & 21st in the REPORTS section from the drop down section on the Top Bar above.


Match Day Round Up

With 4 games falling foul to frozen pitches, the remaining 4 matches didn't dissapoint, Balti Sports welcomed Swanage Town & Herston and ran out convincing 4-1 winners, Gillingham Town Res thumped Hamworthy Utd Res 5-1 at Hardings Lane. Sturminster Newton picked up an impressive win on the road by beating their hosts Parley Sports 2-1. There was an 8 goal thriller at Blandford Utd which ended up as a 4-4 draw with Bridport Res.


Following morning pitch inspections;





Have been postponed due to frozen pitches.


Match Day Round Up

Balti Sports remain top of the table after a narrow 1-0 win at Gillingham Town Res, Dorchester Sports maintained their recent form with a 3-2 win over Hamworthy Rec at the Avenue.  Sturminster Newton picked up a welcome 3 points after a close 3-2 win at home against Sherborne Town Res. Parley Sports thumped Blandford Utd 6-3 at home whilst Westland Sports travelled to Cranborne and duly beat their hosts 3-1. In the 2 late kick offs, Holt United gained a narrow 1-0 win at Bridport Res, whist Wareham Rangers trip to Hamworthy Utd Res resulted in a fine 6-1 away win.


Following a morning pitch inspection, SWANAGE TOWN & H v MERLEY COBHAM SPORTS has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.


Dorset County Cup's Semi Final Draws


Weymouth v Wimborne Town

Gillingham Town v SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON

Games to be played on the 28 February 2017 - KO 19.45


HOLT UNITED v Portland United Reserves


Games to be played on the 4th March 2017 - KO 14.30


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The League Table

P W GD Pts
Holt Utd 30 25 66 76
Balti Sports 32 22 55 70
Hamworthy Recreation 32 23 69 69
Merley Cobham Sports 30 19 47 61
Swanage Town & Herston 29 18 56 60
Top Goal Scorer
Provisional @ 19/04/2017
1 Matt Groves Merley CS 33
2 Nathan Saxby Holt Utd 29
3 Dan Andrews Balti Sports 28
4 Graham Rose Swanage 25
5 Jamie Symes Dorch Sports 23
Golden Glove
Provisional @ 19/04/2017
1 Chris Lynch Holt Utd 12
2 Sam Jones Parley Sports 7
3 Aaron Drayton Merley CS 5
4 Adam Morgan Wareham 3
5 Chris Frear Stur Newton 3