ROYAL Wootton Bassett coach Alan Low insists he is happy with his side’s South West One (East) position, despite dropping to fifth in the league table after losing three games on the spin.

Bassett were firmly in the hunt for the south-west’s second tier title only three weeks ago having lost just one of their opening 11 fixtures ahead of their top-of-the-table clash against unbeaten Newbury Blues.

A battling performance went without reward as Low’s men were downed 10-21 by the runaway league leaders.

But disappointing defeats to Old Centralians and relegation threatened Witney have left Bassett chasing a top two spot.

Losing players to injury have done little to help Bassett’s cause in the build up to Christmas, and Low admits the festive break came at the right time for his men as they look to reignite their promotion bid in the new year when facing Salisbury.

He said: “Overall, we’re happy to be where we are.

“We’ve still got areas that we can improve on – certainly on the consistency side of things.

“We’re hoping that once the number of players on the injury list improves, we can get back to where we were performance wise as a squad.

“The second team have taken a bit of dip because of the number of players that have had to step up because of our injury problems.”

The nature of Bassett’s heavy schedule means Low has planned gym and physio sessions only between Christmas and New Year.

Following that, Low hopes to engage his men with a number of joint training sessions with Devizes to help rediscover that winning streak.

Low said: “The last couple of Tuesdays have been light for us, we’ve had to manage bodies.

“We’ll keep the physio going and we have a number of gym sessions planned over Christmas to keep ourselves ticking over.”