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Invigorated Bassett are ready for Thatcham test
ALAN Low believes Thatcham will feel the force of ‘a new Wootton Bassett’ when the two teams meet at Ballards Ash tomorrow.
The Southern Counties North side have struggled with injuries all season long but have still managed to win two of their six games.
There is light at the end of the tunnel as number of players are due to return to the side for this weekend’s game against the side third in the table and Low is confident of a good display.
“It looks as if we are going to have a competitive team at the weekend which is a good thing because there is a little more balance in the side,” he said.
“If we can get a nice day then we can play some good stuff and show people what we are all about.
“Things are looking on the up injury-wise with a few coming back and others back in light training, “Thatcham have been going well, we know that, but I’m really hoping they will get to see a different Wootton Bassett this weekend.
“If we get the performance right the results will come and we’ve been waiting for that performance.
“We’ve had some wins this year where the performance hasn’t been great but we’ve still been able to get the win, but now we want the whole package.”
Low has spotted some signs of progress from his Bassett side in recent weeks and was pleased with his side’s second-half performance against league leaders Milton Keynes last weekend despite eventually falling to a 48-19 loss.
“We were playing down hill in the first half and I suppose it was a poor performance, and then in the second-half it was much better going up the slope,” he said.
“We’re putting spells together and we’re just waiting for it to go 80 minutes. Things are getting better and we are creating more chances but we need to tighten up defensively.
“Will Hooper had a really good game in the front row while Hamish Keith moved from the wing to full-back and played really well too.”
- VICTORY over Towcestrians tomorrow would leave Swindon in a dominant position in the South West 1 East table despite not even being close to the finished article, skipper Adam Westall has insisted.
The Greenbridge Road side currently sit second in the standings, six points behind Oxford Harlequins and two ahead of tomorrow’s opponents.
A win would put Swindon clear in second and give them a comfortable cushion from the chasing pack, which Westall believes would send out a real statement to the rest of the league.
“We drew at Witney last weekend but would have lost that one in years gone by so we have to be positive about that,” he said.
“Towcestrians have been strong all season after coming across from Midlands rugby and we don’t know too much about them.
“We spoke to the guys from Salisbury about a few different bits and they seem very organised with a good kicker, organised pack and a good seven.
“It’s not about them, though, and if we turn up and deliver to our best ability then there aren’t many sides who can live with us in this division.
“We’ve played Reading, Salisbury, Witney, Towcestrians this weekend and then Windsor next week which is a really tough five weeks of rugby whichever way you look at it.
“If we come through it all with a win out of both we will be very happy with where we are, although we are not even close to being the finished article just yet.
“We are being stretched in terms of injuries but we’re confident and will give it everything.”
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