ROYAL Wootton Bassett head coach Alan Low admits his side may be the walking wounded as they step out for their final home game of the season against Grove.

During their last outing Low was forced to make three changes in the opening 20 minutes as Ashley Stephens, Simon Anderton and Josh McCafferty all picked up injuries.

Not only that, Bassett were forced to field 14 players towards the end of the game last weekend’s 47-13 defeat to Chippenham as Chris Patterson suffered broken ribs and a bruised kidney.

The head coach revealed the club’s physiotherapists have been frantically trying to get players ready for the game.

“The physios have been working every night this week to get everybody back fit, so it will be a little bit touch and go,” said Low.

“It’s our last home game of the season so we will have a big crowd to show the appreciation of how well the boys have done.

“We need a good week this week and we need bodies put back together so we can get a decent run, the boys just need that bit of confidence.

“Hopefully the game will be an opportunity for some of the players to step up and play in such an important game in our season.

“We have two big weeks. The league is very tight at the moment it is ridiculous, there is a lot on every game every week.

“There is still all to play for which makes for a really interesting game for those who are watching.”

Eighth-placed Bassett are one of three teams on 50 points in the South West One East table, alongside Swindon and Chippenham, who occupy ninth and 10th in the league standings.

This Saturday’s opponents are four points ahead of Low’s troops in seventh as the Bassett chief plots redemption after a poor showing in the reverse fixture, in which Grove were 21-14 winners in mid-December.

“We lost narrowly to them up there and from us it was a bit of a mixed performance because it was in the middle of that injury crisis,” he added.

“We felt we should have done a lot better up there on the day even though we managed to put them under a lot of pressure.”