Dorset Premier League

Next Weeks Fixtures

Date Home Team Away Team Kick off Time
28th Oct Blandford Utd Bridport Res 3.00 pm
28th Oct Gillingham Town Dorchester Sports 3.00 pm
28th Oct Hamworthy Recreation Sturminster Newton 3.00 pm
28th Oct Hamworthy Utd Res Parley Sports 3.00 pm
28th Oct Holt Utd Sherborne Town Res 3.00 pm
28th Oct Milborne Port Shaftesbury Town Res 3.00 pm
28th Oct Westland Sports Merley Cobham Sports 3.00 pm
FA Vase
28th Oct Bodmin FC Swanage Town & Herston 3.00 pm
Dorset Senior Cup
31st Oct Wimborne Town Gillingham Town 19.45 pm
01st Nov Swanage Town & Herston Shaftesbury Town 19.45 pm

The DPL (Sponsored by CADBURYS BUSINESS PARK) Update

Latest Updates - Latest News - News Section

Site Updated - 13:03 on 23/10/2017



FA Vase 2nd Round Draw

If Swanage progress into Round 2, they will have another trip to Devon.

FA Vase 2nd Rnd


FA Vase

FA Vase Logo

Following Saturdays Postponement, the FA have re scheduled

SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON'S tie at Bodmin Town FC for;

Saturday 28th October 2017

Kick Off 3.00pm ET & Pens if Req

This now means the scheduled League match Mere Town v Swanage Town & Herston will be cancelled and rescheduled.

Mere Town are now spare


Match Day Round Up

DPL League Cup

Congratulations to Sherborne Town Res who earned their 1st win of the season after a deserved 3-2 win at home against Parley Sports to earn a place in the next round. Joining them will be Holt Utd who triumphed 6-1 at Blandford Utd, Mere Town also won on the road, 3-2 at the County Ground against hosts Hamworthy Utd Res. Shaftesbury Res made it through after a decent 3-2 win at Cochrams against Dorchester Sports, also in the hat are Balti Sports who won 2-1 at Merley Cobham Sports. Meanwhile at Alvington, Westland Sports progressed after a narrow 1-0 win against Bridport Res.

League Match

In todays only scheduled match, Gillingham Town made the long trip to the Purbecks and came away with a deserved 2-1 win against hosts Wareham Rangers.

Weather Warning


If travelling to any Game today, please heed Local Travel Advice as the Met Office has issued a Weather Warning for the whole South & South West areas for High Winds.

Matches Postponed

FA Vase

Bodmin Town v SWANAGE TOWN & H

Match POSTPONED due to unfit pitch

(Awaiting details of when the tie will be re-scheduled)

DPL League Cup

Milborne Port v Sturminster Newton

Match POSTPONED due to a Waterlogged Pitch


FA Vase


On behalf of the LMC, we wish ALL concerned with


The very best of luck in their FA Vase tie tomorrow. #COYS



Match Day Round Up

In tonights Wiltshire Senior Cup, Mere Town bowed out after losing 5-0 at Melksham Town


Match Day Round Up

Despite 2 Josh Payne goals twice putting the DPL Rep side in the lead it was the Kent County League who triumphed 3-2 at Days Park courtesy of a late winner, to progress into Round 2 of the FA Inter League Cup.

On behalf of the DPL we wish them well in the next round and a massive thank you to all at Swanage Town & Herston FC for their help in staging the game.


Somerset Senior Cup - 3rd Round Draw


Tie to be played on the 4th November 2017

FA Inter League Cup




Match Day Round Up

Congratulations to all involved at Milborne Port FC who gained their 1st points of the season after a fine 5-2 win at Bridport Res. Parley Sports added to Wareham Rangers current woes after thumping them 6-0 whilst Swanage Town & H secured a narrow 2-1 win against Bottom placed Sherborne Town Res at Days Park. Dorchester Sports welcomed Merley CS to the Avenue Stadium winning narrowly 1-0, whilst Shaftesbury Res beat Gillingham Town 4-2 at Cockrams. Hamworthy Recreation made the long trip to Mere Town and came away with a decent 3-0 win sending top of the League Table. Hamworthy United Res beat Blandford Utd 4-0 at the County Ground. Holt Utsd welcomed Balti Sports to Petersham Lane and it was the Bulls who triumphed 6-0 in an emphatic performance.

Somerset Senior Cup

Westland Sports progressed in to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 win at Alvington against Middlezoy Rovers, goals by Smith, Payne & Hedges saw them safely through.

Dorset Senior Trophy

Todays tie STURMINSTER NEWTON v Wimborne Town Development has been POSTPONED due to Wimborne being unable to field a team.


FA Inter League Cup - Round 2 Draw

The winners of the 1st round tie on October 14th;


have been drawn AWAY to the Jersey Football Combination in Rnd 2

Full Draw Details in the News Section


League Representative Side

Please see details of our forthcoming match in the FA Inter League Cup


For Squad details, please follow link below;



Match Day Round Up

Balti Sports maintained pole position in the League Table after beating Sturminster Newton 5-0 at Cranford Avenue, Westland Sports needed to come from being 1-0 down at half time to finally beat Dorchester Sports 3-1 at Alvington. Holt United welcomed Swanage Town & H to Petersham Lane and it was the Bulls who beat the Swans 5-3, this after being 3-1 down. Mere Town continue their good form with another emphatic performance as they won 6-1 at Blandford Utd. Merley CS won on the road also after a hard fought 1-0 victory at Hardings Lane against Gillingham Town. Parley Sports also picked up a 4-2 Away win at Milborne Port. Comeback of the day goes to Shaftesbury Res who trailed hosts Wareham Rangers 3-0 at half time, however the Rockies staged a great 2nd half fightback and won the game 4-3. Hamworthy Recreation beat Sherborne Town Res 4-1 at Magna Road.


Match Day Round Up

This evening the Leagues Representative side played the Army Intelligence Corp at Shaftesbury FC and ran out convincing 7-1 winners.

Lee Gale put the DPL ahead in the 13th minute with Grahame Rose doubling the lead 6 minutes later. Stewart reduced the arrears for the Army I.C after seeing his initial penalty saved by David Paixao, however he was the quickest to the rebound to prod home. HT 2-1. In to the 2nd half and with the drizzle continuing to fall the DPL played some really good football, Ash Boyt extended the lead on 68 minutes, Chris Long then scored the next 2 in the 73rd & 82nd minutes, 2 minutes later and Josh Payne made it 6-1 and their was still time for Chris Long to get his Hat Trick when he netted the 7th in the 90th minute.

We wish the Army Intelligence side well for the remainder of their season, thanks to the Match Officials who were excellent this evening and on behalf of the LMC thank you to All at Shaftesbury FC for their assistance in helping stage tonights match, it is very much appreciated.


Thompson, Rose, Andrews(c),Scott, Plumbley, Wilkins

Saxby, Gale, Paixao, Boyt, Sibley

(Not in picture) Subs - Colohan, Long, Payne



League Representative Side

Rep Poster


FA Vase 1st Round Draw

SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON FC's reward for their progress into the 1st Round will be an AWAY trip To South West Peninsula League Side -  BODMIN TOWN FC on Saturday 21st October 2017 - Kick Off 3.00pm


FA Vase

FA Vase Logo

Owing to Swanages continued run in the FA Vase, their next round will be played on October 21st, this will mean that the DPL League Cup Tie Hamworthy Recreation v Swanage Town & H will now be Postponed and re arranged for another date. This now means Hamworthy Recreation will be spare on the 21st.


Match Day Round Up


The Swans are at it again after another Epic tie at Days Park culminating with a late injury time winner that sees them progress into the 1st Round proper on October 21st. Leading 2-0 at Half time through goals from Beard (33) & Atkinson (41) they were pegged back in the 2nd half as 2 Hartigan goals (68 & 75) drew the visitors deservedly level. However Swanages never say die attitude proved crucial again as Beard scored his 2nd and Swanages 3rd in the 92nd minute to book their place in the hat for Mondays 1st Round draw.

Cam Beard

CAMERON BEARD wheels away after scoring Swanages injury time winner

Picture courtesy of ST&H FC & @andythephoto


8 games today produced 53 goals as Balti Sports returned to the top of the table after a 4-3 win at Cranford Avenue against Gillingham Town but they can count themselves fortunate after leading 4-0 at one stage. Hamworthy Recreation thumped Milborne Port 7-0 on the road, another high scorer were Dorchester Sports who thumped Sherborne Town Res 10-0 at the Avenue Stadium with Will Turland bagging 6 goals. Holt United comfortably won at Parley Sports 5-2, with Blandford United also winning on the road 4-2 at Sturminster Newton. Westland Sports defeated their opponants Hamworthy United Res 2-0 at Alvington. Merley Cobham Sports welcomed Mere Town and drew 1-1. In the remaining game in the Purbecks, Wareham Rangers and Bridport Res shared 12 Goals !! with the visitors edging the goal fest 7-5.



Top Goalscorer & Golden Glove

The totals for the above awards in the Panels on the right hand side are for LEAGUE GOALS & LEAGUE CLEAN SHEETS only, NO CUP STATS ARE INCLUDED.


Good Luck

On behalf of the League, we send the very best wishes to ALL at Swanage Town & Herston FC for their FA Vase Tie against Fawley AFC this week end.

FA Vase Poster



DCFA Senior Trophy -Rnd 2 Draw (Selected Fixtures)




BALTI SPORTS v Lower Parkstone CFC





Piddletrenthide Utd v MERLEY COBHAM SPORTS



Corfe Mullen v STURMINSTER NEWTON or Wimborne Town Development

ALL Ties to be played on the 4th November 2017 - Kick Off - 1.30pm



Match Day Round Up

Leaders Balti Sports suffered their 1st defeat of the season after a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Hamworthy Recreation at Magna Road meaning Swanage Town & Herston take over at the top after defeating their visitors Bridport Res 4-1. Westland Sports travelled to Blandford Utd and won 3-1 whilst Gillingham Town won by the same score at Hardings Lane against Wareham Rangers. Holt United defeated Merley CS 3-0 at Petersham Lane, Mere Town beat Sherborne Town Res 4-1 at home with Hamworthy United Res winning by the same scoreline at Milborne Port. Parley Sports picked up a welcome 2-0 win at home against Shaftesbury Res, finally Dorchester Sports thrashed Sturminster Newton 6-1 at Barnetts Field.


League Representative Side

Please see details of our 2 forthcoming matches for the Representative side.



For Squad details, please follow link below;



DPL League Cup - Round 1 - UPDATED

Following Yesterdays 2 Preliminary ties, please see Updated Draw for Round 1 - The Draw was made at the Secretaries meeting before the start of the season.

Blandford Utd v Holt Utd
Hamworthy Recreation v Swanage Town
Sherborne Town Res v Parley Sports
Shaftesbury Res v Dorchester Sports
Milborne Port v Sturminster Newton
Westland Sports v Bridport Res
Merley CS v Balti Sports
Hamworthy Utd Res v Mere Town

All ties to be played on October 21st - 2017

Kick Off 2.00pm

Match Reports

The Latest Match Reports can be found in the NEWS SECTION and will be updated every week on a Sunday Evening.


Match Day Round Up


SWANGE TOWN & HERSTON 4-3 Ash United - After Extra Time.

Swanage are at it again after this dramatic win 4-3 after Extra Time this afternoon. The Swans took the lead through Cameron Beards 11th minute effort only to be pegged back and fall behind 2-1 by Half Time. Into the 2nd Half and with time running out Graham Rose made it 2-2 in the 83rd minute. So to Extra time and Rose got his 2nd and Swanages 3rd to give them the lead in the 101st minute only for Ash Utd to get their 3rd 10 minutes later, further chances came and went and so with a replay looming and time up on the clock, up stepped Aaron Scott to score a dramatic winner for the Swans to send the Locals wild and secure a place in the next Round on the 23rd September when they will host Wessex League side, Fawley AFC. Kick Off 3.00pm


Blandford United progress to Round 2 after an excellant 2-0 win at Gillingham Town, joining them in Round 2 will be Hamworthy Recreation who also won on the road, 4-0 at Wareham Rangers.


Dorchester Sports hand Holt United their 1st defeat of the season after deservedly winning 5-2 at the Avenue Stadium, whilst Merley Cobham Sports turned around a HT defecit to beat Bridport Res 4-2 at home. Leaders Balti Sports were held to a 3-3 draw by Hamworthy Utd Res who led at HT at the College. Westland Sports entertained Sturminster Newton at Alvington and won 5-0 whilst Shaftesbury Res travelled to Sherborne Town Res and came away with all 3 points after a fine 5-1 win.

DPL Respect Marks

Congratulations to Sherborne Town FC Reserves for winning the Games 1-5 Respect Award based on marks given by the Match Referee for, The Behaviour of the Players, The Behaviour of the Management Team and the effectiveness of the Captain.

Their winners Cheque will be dispatched shortly of £75.00


DPL Resp 1-5



Upto & Including 02/09/17

DPL Sin Bin


Good Luck

On behalf of the League, we send the very best wishes to all at Swanage Town & Herston FC for their FA Vase Tie against Ash United FC this week end.

FA Vase Poster



Dorset Senior Trophy 1st Round Draw

STURMINSTER NEWTON FC v Wimborne Town FC Development

Tie to be played Saturday October 7th - Kick Off 2.30pm

ALL Other sides received a BYE into Round 2


Somerset Senior Cup 2nd Round Draw


Tie to be played Saturday October 7th - Kick Off 2.30pm


Club Notices & Advertisments

Hamworthy Recreation FC have posted details of their "Comedy Night" scheduled for November in the Club Notices & Advertisment page on this Web Site.


Match Day Round Up

Its as you were at the top of the table as Balti Sports won a 9 goal thriller 5-4 at home against Blandford Utd to remain in pole position, Swanage Town & Herston remain in 2nd place after a 3-2 win at Days Park against Shaftesbury Reserves. Hamworthy Recreation move up in to 3rd place after a 3-1 win at the Avenue Stadium against hosts Dorchester Sports. Gillingham Town welcomed Hamworthy Utd Res with the match ending 3-3 at Hardings Lane, Mere Town continued their impressive start to the season as they won again, this time beating their visitors Wareham Rangers 4-3. Merley Cobham Sports were the top scorers of the day as they thrashed Sherborne Town Res 10-1 at home, Parley Sports got a welcome 1st win of the season on the board as they beat Bridport Reserves 1-0 at home. Holt United travelled to Sturminster Newton with the Bulls running out impressive 5-1 winners.

In the Somerset Senior Cup, Milborne Port lost 8-2 at home to Bridgewater Town Reserves whilst Westland Sports progressed into the next round after a comfortable 6-1 win at Hutton FC.


Match Day Round Up

In the early kick off, Mere Town entertained Westland Sports, which resulted in a 0-0 draw. In the late games, Shaftesbury Reserves picked up their 1st win of the season by beating Sturminster Newton 3-0 at home whilst Balti Sports moved back to the top of the table after 2 second half goalds sealed their 2-0 win at Bridport Reserves.

Wareham Rangers v Holt United was Postponed, due to an unfit pitch, in accordance with League Rules.


Match Day Round Up

Swanage Town & H secured a decent 2-0 win at Merley CS to go top of the table , Blandford Utd bounced back from their weekend defeat with a 3-2 win at hosts Parley Sports, another side to win 3-2 on the road were Dorchester Sports who triumphed at Milborne Port despite going down to 10 men early on. In the late games Gillingham Town carried on their recent good form with a 4-0 win at Hardings lane against Sherborne Town Res.


Match Day Round Up

Swanage Town & H returned to winning ways after their 6-5 defeat midweek, when they came from being behind at the break to beat visitors Hamworthy Recreation 2-1 at Days Park. Gillingham Town continued their good form by beating visitors Blandford Utd 5-0, Merley CS scored 2, 2nd half goals to overcome their visitors Shaftesbury Res 3-1 at home. Westland Sports entertained Holt Utd at Alvington with honours even after a 1-1 draw, another draw this time 0-0 was shared between Sturminster Newton Utd and their visitors Parley Sports. Mere Town comfortably beat visitors Milborne Port who remain rooted to the bottom of the table, whilst Bridport Res returned from their trip to Sherborne Town Res with all 3 points after a 3-1 win. Balti Sports remain top this evening after beating Wareham Rangers 4-0 at the College.


Match Day Round Up

In the early kick off Dorchester Sports beat Bridport Res 5-2 at the Avenue Stadium. In the late games Swanage welcomed Balti Sports to Days Park and what followed was simply unbelievable, Balti went 3 up after 14 minutes, Swanage pulled 1 back, further goals apiece and a sending off for a Swans player saw the visitors lead 4-2 at half time. Swanage then got back to 4-4 only to have another player sent off, back went Balti in front only for Swanage with 9 men to draw level at 5 a piece, however with minutes remaining Balti went 6-5 up and hold on for the win. Meanwhile,  Blandford Utd picked up an impressive 4-1 at Shaftesbury Res.


Match Day Round Up

Westland Sports ran out convincing 5-0 winners against Sherborne Town Res, Sturminster Newton won for the 3rd time this season after beating Milborne Port 2-0 at home whilst Hamworthy Recreation and Parley Sports played out a 7 goal thriller at Magna Road with the home side edging it 4-3. In the late Kick Off's Gillingham Town welcomed Mere Town to Hardings Lane, with the home side winning 4-0, meanwhile at the County Ground, Hamworthy Utd Res defeated Wareham Rangers 4-1.


Westland Sport's Anthony Herrin puts them 1 up against Sherborne Town Res


Match Day Round Up

8 games played today and another bumper goal haul of 48 goals across the League. Swanage Town & Herston sit atop of the table tonight with the only 100% record after their 3rd win of the season after defeating Hamworthy Utd Res 4-2 at Days Park. Balti Sports thrashed Parley Sports 8-1 at Cranford, whilst Merley CS thrashed Milborne Port 9-1 at home. Holt United welcomed Gillingham Town to Petersham Lane and despite going 1 down ran out convincing 5-1 winners. Mere Town continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 win at home against Bridport Res, Westland Sports entertained Hamworthy Recreation at Alvington with the home side edging a tight game 1-0. Shatfesbury Res and Dorchester Sports played out an 8 goal thriller at Cochrams with the visitors edging it 5-3. Finally, Sturminster Newton surrendered their 100% start going down 4-2 at home to an impressive Wareham Rangers.


Chris Lynch

Holt United FC Goalkeeper CHRIS LYNCH receiving his;

"Golden Glove [14 Clean Sheets] " award for 2016/17

From Lg Chairman, Mr Mike Mock before todays Holt v Gillingham Town match.


Merley CS v Milborne

Photo courtesy of Steve Harris -


Holt v Gillingham

Photo courtesy of Terry Lucas - GTFC

Sin Bin Trial UPDATE

After 2 Rounds of games, we have seen reported to date, 5 Sin Bin recordings, this = 0.29 per match - Dissents last season ran at 0.46 per match.

Sin Bin Table:

Sin Bin


FA Inter League Cup



Dorset Senior Cup 1st Round Draw



Verwood Town FC v Sherborne Town FC


Bridport FC v Weymouth FC

BYES - Dorchester Town FC - Hamworthy United FC - Poole Town FC - Portland United FC

Ties to be played W/C 30th October 2017


Match Day Round Up

In the early kick offs, Swanage Town & Herston won a tight Purbeck Derby at Wareham Rangers 1-0. Dorchester Sports and Balti Sports shared the spoils 1-1 at the Avenue Stadium. In the late matches, Sturminster Newton remain unbeaten as they won again 3-0 for the 2nd successive game this time at Sherborne Town Res. Shaftesbury Res welcomed Mere Town and after a scoreless 1st half, the game went on to finish 2-2


Match Day Round Up

Milborne Port welcomed Gillingham Town to the Rec for their 1st Home game as a DPL side this evening, however it was the visitors who ran out deserved 3-0 winners. Merley Cobham Sports picked up their 1st win of the season after defeating their hosts Parley Sports 2-1. Hamworthy Recreation made it 2 wins from 2 after beating Blandford United 2-1 at Magna Road. In the late Kick Off, Hamworthy United Reserves pulled off a superb 1-1 draw against defending Champions Holt United at the County Ground.



Match Day Round Up

Not a good day for the Leagues New boys, with Shaftesbury Reserves unable to raise a side for their match at defending champions Holt United, it was left to Milborne Port to try and get a winning start to life in the DPL when they travelled to days park to play Swanage Town & Herston, however it was the Swans who ran out emphatic 10-1 winners with the hosts Cameron Beard scoring 6. Dorchester Sports welcomed Blandford United to the Avenue Stadium with the hosts winning 7-1, Balti Sports also found their scoring boots after defeating Sherborne Town Reserves 6-0 at Raleigh Grove. Mere Town were also 6-0 winners beating their visitors Hamworthy United Res, there were also opening day wins for Wareham Rangers who defeated visitors Westland Sports 2-1, whilst Sturminster Newton and Hamworthy Recreation both won on the road, the Cherries won 3-1 at Bridport Reserves whilst Rec won 4-3 at Merley Cobham Sports. In the final game Gillingham Town and Parley Sports played out a 2-2 draw at Hardings Lane.


Action from Merley Cobham Sports v Hamworthy Recreation

Photo courtesy of Steve Harris -


Action from Mere Town v Hamworthy United Reserves

Photo courtesy of MTFC


Action from Gillingham Town v Parley Sports

Photo courtesy of T. Lucas GTFC

Match Postponed

Opening day and we have a match Postponed;

Holt United v Shaftesbury Town Reserves is OFF due to the Away side being unable to raise a Team due to illness.

Shaftesbury Town FC will be charged in accordance with League Rules for a non fulfilled fixture.


The New Season is Here ...........

Today sees the start of the New Dorset Premier Football Season Sponsored by Cadburys Business Park, on behalf of the League Management Committee, we wish ALL our Clubs a Very Succesfull, Competitive & Respectful season ahead.



Somerset Senior Cup 1st Round Draw


MILBORNE PORT FC v Bridgewater Town FC Reserves

Ties to be played - 2nd September 2017 - ko 2.30pm

The League Table

P W GD Pts
Hamworthy Recreation 11 9 21 27
Balti Sports 12 8 19 26
Dorchester Sports 11 8 27 25
Swanage Town & Herston 10 8 17 24
Mere Town 11 6 13 21
Top Goal Scorer
Actual @ 18/10/2017
1 Chris Long Ham Rec 17
2 Cameron Beard Swanage T & H 13
3 Dan Andrews Balti Sports 13
4 Elliot Bevis Gillingham Town 13
5 Jamie Symes Dorchester Sports 12
Golden Glove
Actual @ 18/10/2017
1 Samual Watts Westland Sports 5
2 David Paixao Stur Newton 3
3 Jamie Beale Gillingham Res 3
4 Matthew Harvey Parley Sports 3
5 Miles Fielding Mere Town 3