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Key men missing for Wootton Bassett
ROYAL Wootton Bassett will have to do without a host of key players when they travel to face Southern Counties North leaders Milton Keynes tomorrow.
The Ballards Ash treatment room is full to bursting at the moment with at least 10 senior players out with a variety of injuries including last season’s captain Dave Martin, Jon Clarke and Mark Trowbridge who has ruptured his ACL.
Injury problems have forced head coach Alan Low into playing action in recent weeks, with other members of the coaching staff set to play this weekend, on what everyone at the club is expecting to be a tough afternoon.
“It’s ridiculous really and it’s all hard work, and although we had a good training session on Tuesday night it was difficult because we only had 10 players there,” Low said.
“Preparations have mainly involved trying to scrape a side together because we have been really hit by injuries and it’s hard.
“We’re not the only ones, I know that, but it’s a hard league and at this present moment the strength in depth isn’t there for us.
“It’s coming, though, and a few players from the seconds put their hands up for selection last weekend and there’s some competition within the squad.
“Milton Keynes is a massive game for us and we have a hard run coming up in November so we will have to be at our best.”
Low has been impressed with the improvement his side have made since the opening day 66-5 loss at High Wycombe and is looking for his players to pick up where they left off against Stow-on-the-Wold in their last league fixture “We’ve seen a big improvement week on week and we saw a massive improvement against Stow, although the result didn’t go our way (Bassett lost 66-5), but what we have started to do now is score points against the better sides.
“We weren’t doing that at the start but we have got it together now and are creating scoring chances, so we’re getting there.
“The score against Stow didn’t reflect our performance and hopefully we can repeat that now.”
Meanwhile Supermarine travel to Fairford in Dorset & Wilts 1 North.
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