ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town assistant manager Matt Bulman says his side will have to earn the right to play when they come up against high-flying Ascot United on Saturday in the Hellenic League Premier.

Despite their lofty league positions, both sides are in awful form ahead of Saturday’s game - with one win in six for Bassett while Ascot have only won one of their previous eight in the league.

And with only six games of the season left for Sam Collier’s men, they will have to play their hosts twice before the season is out.

Bulman is aware of the threat United will pose to his new side and is thankful that Rhys Evans and Elias Youssef will be available to combat the quality Ascot possess.

He said: “They lost in midweek to a strong Shrivenham side, but it has always been a tough place to go - it’s not going to be easy for us.

“We’ll go there in the right frame of mind like our last league game, that was a win and clean sheet.

"We’re confident with the two new lads that we’ve got in, we’re in a better place than we were a few weeks ago. We’re confident and we’ll be going there looking to win.

“It will be a physical game, that’s their biggest strength.

“They’re big, strong and they’ll get the ball forward quickly, so we’ll have to defend and match their physicality to earn the right to play.

“Once we’ve done that, we’ll get the ball down and hopefully ease into the game.”

In their last eight games, Collier’s men are averaging a goal a game - however two of those games featured six goals.

With the aforementioned form taken into account, it is little wonder that Bulman says Bassett need to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to improve as a club.

He said: “We need to be scoring more and keeping clean sheets.

“Last week was good, but if you look at the statistics, we have conceded more goals than we would have liked to this season, hence the reason why we’ve tried to get Rhys (Evans) in.

“So that’s something we’re continually working on, trying to keep the ball out the back of our net while trying to work on the attacking side as well.

“If you can do both then you’ll win games, but first and foremost we need to keep a clean sheet and build from there.”

Elsewhere, Gareth Davies Shrivenham travel to Longlevens looking for a 11th consecutive league win while Fairford host Lydney Town.

In Division One West, Malmesbury Victoria are away at Easington Sports while Pewsey Vale do not have a game.