SWINDON player-coach Adam Westall feels upcoming opponents Newbury Blues are far too good to find themselves in the South West One East, but promised his side will continue to play with a smile on their faces.

The Blues roared to an 85-0 victory over Swindon when the two sides met earlier in the season, with the Berkshire outfit showing their class to run in 12 tries in the early-season rout.

Westall admitted that while his team might not have the quality to match their guests this weekend, they will go into the game with no fear and will look forward to testing themselves against high-quality players.

He said: “It’s a tough one this weekend against Newbury. They are a class act in this league and they are probably too good for this level – they didn’t deserve to go down. They are effectively a National League standard side.

“They will come here and throw the kitchen sink at us, but we’re at home in the last match before Christmas, so we’ll enjoy ourselves and see what we can do.”

Swindon enter this weekend’s game having won their last two, including a stunning comeback over Wiltshire rivals Chippenham last time out, and Westall is hoping that it can lead to an upturn in form and confidence among his players.

Westall bemoaned his side’s slow start to the season, but admitted their inability to name a consistent team has not helped matters either.

He said: “Hopefully we have turned a bit of a corner now.

“We have struggled for selection this year and we haven’t been able to field the same side for two matches in a row.

“The game against Beaconsfield was probably the strongest side we have been able to pick this season and that showed in the result, and then against Chippenham, it was probably the best we have been defensively.

“We are getting there slowly and there are good signs to build on.

“Over the past few years, we’ve really started to build up momentum in January and February time – hopefully this season that’s started a bit earlier.

“We have still got to play everyone in the second half of the season, so there’s plenty of scope for us to kick on.”

Elsewhere, the regions other three teams are all on the road this weekend. Royal Wootton Bassett take on Witney, Supermarine travel to Chippenham 2nd and Swindon College Old Boys head to Devizes.