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Site Last Updated at 16:15 on 18/7/2016

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Stan Wallis

It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Stan Wallis, for many years a stalwart of Hamworthy Utd FC.  Stan served on the DPL Management Committee for many years and was a Life Vice President from 1997 and was the DPL President from 2002 until 2005. Our best wishes and sympathy go out to his family at this time.


2016 AGM

At Wednesday's AGM club representatives were advised that, with immediate effect, only Club Secretaries would be able to communicate with the League Secretary (or Fixture Secretary regarding fixtures) and other Club officials MUST go through their secretary to communicate with the league.

The 2016/17 season will commence on Saturday 13th August and run until Saturday 13th May 2017.

Dorchester Sports, Gillingham Town Reserves and Sturminster Newton were elected to the league (replacing Shaftesbury and Weymouth Reserves (both promoted to Weesex 1) and South Cheriton, who are the third club to fall foul of the disciplinary system and so lose their Charter Standard status.

The only change in the League's Officers saw Eric Case elected as Treasurer in place of the retiring Boyd Parker (who received a presentation for his 19 years service in that post). An additional position has been created whereby Giles Kilshawe-Fall becomes Fixtures Secretary, leaving Hilary Bilimore to concentrate on her duties as General Secretary.

For their services to the Dorset Premier League over many years, Richard Freer and Boyd Parker were elected to the position of Life Vice Presidents.



Sherborne Town Res 1 - 2 Merley Cobham Sports

Congratulations to ALL connected at Merley Cobham Sports FC, who won the League Cup this evening after a narrow 2-1 victory against a gallant Sherborne Town Res side.

Goals from BEAMISH & WILKINS set MCS on their way, however a fine strike from the hosts BUTLER on the hour mark reduced the defecit and made for a fine finish, but despite decent efforts for both sides, no further goals were scored.


MCS Captain Pete Pritchard receives the League Cup from League President Peter Gallop

FA Inter League Cup - Round 1

Peterborough & District 3  Dorset Premier 4

The Representative side did the League proud with this excellent win away at a very good Peterborough & District side in what for the neutral was a superb 7 goal thriller. Played at the picturesque Northern Star FC, the DPL settled the quicker and in 2 minutes the home custodian, Mort, reacted well to thwart Luke Stone as the forward raced onto a through ball. Both sides looked lively as they settled into the game. The DPL’s pace worried the home defence whilst the home sides wingers were causing problems notably through Flatters down the DPL right. On 7 minutes Lee Gale almost put the visitors in front, however his chip was well saved by Mort. Dom Falco received a Yellow card in the 15th minute for a poor challenge. On 21 minutes Toby Holmes squared to Falco whose effort was cleared off the line.


Back came the hosts and they took the lead in the 24th minute as Flatters again got in behind the DPL right and his cross was firmly met by Gibbs who headed home (1-0). The DPL needed to respond quickly and they did so in the 28th minute as Luke STONE headed home at the far post following a Kane Andrews cross (1-1). With the home side reeling and with DPL tails up on 30 minutes Falco played in STONE who side footed home to put the DPL in front (1-2). However going behind appeared to galvanise the home side as they poured forward in search of an equaliser and it duly arrived courtesy of the same combination who created their 1st goal as Flatters again terrorised the full back, his cross was parried by Boore in the DPL goal only for Gibbs to smash home the 2nd ball (2-2). On 40 minutes the home side felt they had a penalty shout but the referee saw nothing wrong with Grant Cormacks defending. Back down the other end and on 43 minutes Stone saw his shot blocked only for Lee GALE to slot home the rebound and restore the DPLs lead (2-3). There was still time for Stone to hit the post in the 44th minute.


DPL v Peterborough & District


Into the 2nd half and the hosts were straight on the front foot and Boore reacted well in the 47th minute to smother from Heron. On 48 minutes he was helpless however to stop the home side from equalising again as another deep cross into the DPL box was turned home by Heron - much to the delight of the home supporters (3-3). On 51 minutes good inter play between Holmes and Stone saw Holme’s effort go over the bar. On 56 minutes another home corner saw the ball break to Gibbs who blasted over from 6 yards - a let off for the men from Dorset. On 65 minutes Craig Michie, on as a substitute, headed clear from under his own bar to repel another Peterborough attack but back came the visitors and, following superb slide rule pass  from Toby Holmes, allowed STONE to slot the ball home to complete his hat trick and restore Dorset’s lead (3-4).


In this end to end game back came the hosts and Gibbs squandered another good chance when he shot over in the 77th minute when well placed. Moments later and Scott Martin, another DPL substitute, played in Sam Smith whose effort was cleared off the line by Makate. Into the final 10 minutes and chances were still coming along for the visitors; Martin saw a shot blocked on 81 minutes with the 2nd ball being headed over by Holmes. Boore punched well under pressure in the 88th minute following a corner and as the match entered injury time, the DPL remained resolute and saw the game out professionally.

“All in all a superb team effort and performance, Matt and his backroom team are to be applauded for setting up this victory – Here’s to round 2”


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P W GD Pts
Balti Sports 0 0 0 0
Blandford Utd 0 0 0 0
Bridport Res 0 0 0 0
Cranborne 0 0 0 0
Dorchester Sports 0 0 0 0
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