ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier believes his team would be in a much better league position had he started the season with his current crop of players.

Bassett head into their Hellenic League Premier fixture away at Lydney Town fourth from bottom of the 16-team table, though there are nine teams within six points above Collier’s men.

Victory over Lydney at the weekend could see Bassett rise four places, and with most of his current squad available, Collier is confident his team can secure victory.

A win would continue a frustrating trend for Bassett however – the club has not managed to string two duplicate results together in their last six matches as three wins have preceded three defeats.

Collier says that his team are desperate to find a bit of consistency in their results and believes the inefficiency of late comes down to the squad being patched together midway through the season.

He said: “If I could turn back time and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this season, then I’d love to have the squad I’ve got now at the start of the season.

“If that was the case, then we’d be in a far better position.

“But that’s something for me and Mat Bulman (assistant manager) to take away from this season and learn from.

“Making mistakes in management is ok, as long as you learn from them.

“That’s what we’re going to do, and we’ve got a good squad here now that want to work hard and do things right for the club.”

Bassett enter the fixture with 24 points from their 22 games and take on a team that are only five points ahead of them in the table.

Yet an inconsistent Lydney team has managed to hold unbeaten Westfields to a draw on home turf, and Collier is aware of the hidden strengths his side’s upcoming opponents may possess.

He said: “The madness of the fixtures continue – we’ve got 14 games still to play, yet we haven’t played Lydney before and we haven’t played Bishops Cleeve yet either.

“So we’ve got to play Lydney twice – it’s always a really tough place to go.

“Westfields went there and didn’t win, so that shows how tough it is to get a result there.

“But it’s one we’re looking forward to and one we’ll try our very best to get a result from.”

Meanwhile, both Fairford Town and Shrivenham do not have weekend fixtures.