SWINDON will play their concluding South West One (East) fixture before dropping into Southern Counties South this weekend when making the short trip down the A346 to face play-off hopefuls Marlborough.

Mike Thompson’s side will look to quickly cast their 2018-19 season to the back of their minds, following a disastrous campaign that has seen the club record just four wins from their 25 fixtures.

They will be relegated to the seventh tier of English rugby along with fellow strugglers Stratford-upon-Avon and Witney following full-time in tomorrow’s game.

And player-coach Adam Westall, who earlier this week highlighted poor fitness levels in the camp as his side’s biggest undoing, said a possible return to South West One (East) must be done properly if form picks up next season.

He said: “There will be some good teams in Southern Counties South, and it will be the first time that we’re playing at that level for eight years.

“We’ve got to play the way we do every week, but winning properly is key.

“We’ve got to play with structure and width, so that if we do come back up then we will be competitive.

“It’s pointless being a yoyo side that will go up and come straight back down.”

Tomorrow’s game is far from a dead-rubber contest.

Marlborough, who earned promotion from Southern Counties South last season, could still record an unthinkable double promotion via the end-of-season play-off.

However, the club must rely on Old Centralians slipping up to Salisbury and Banbury losing at home to Witney – while beating Swindon at home and record five league points.

While those outcomes together are unlikely, Westall understands Saturday’s opponents will be keen to end the season on a high.

Bowing out with pride is therefore high on the list of the player-coach’s expectations.

He added: “Marlborough are a good side, they have a few army lads that travel from Tidworth.

“They’ve been competitive all year. We felt we were competitive against them last time, but they have maintained their levels of consistency throughout the year.

“They’re a classy outfit, we’ll have to be at our best to be competitive there.”