“THERE are no ifs or buts now, our season has to change, and we have to start winning” – that is the message from new Royal Wootton Bassett captain Sam Lawro.

Bassett have begun the WEPL Wiltshire season in the worst possible form, losing all of their first seven games and consequently languishing at the foot of the table.

Lawro’s side come up against a similarly out-of-sorts team on Saturday when travelling to take on Potterne 2nd.

Potterne’s second string have lost four of their last five games and could prove to be the perfect opposition for Bassett as they aim to secure their first win of the season.

Lawro believes his team are close to turning their fortunes around, and has issued a rallying cry to everyone at the club ahead of this weekend’s crunch game.

“We can definitely see signs that we are not far away from getting it right,” said Lawro.

“There has been a massive difference over the last couple of weeks. We have got that bite back about us and we have got people who want to be there.

“We are fighting and it’s not just the first team, it’s the whole club. We know we are in a dog fight and everyone is chipping in.

“Everyone is in it together and we’re going to come out stronger at the other end, that’s for sure.

“I expect us to start pushing on in the next couple of weeks and start getting some wins.

“It’s a massive game on Saturday and we will be going there to win.”

Although Bassett’s bonus points in the bowling column are the second worst in the division at present, it is with the bat that Lawro is demanding the biggest improvement.

Bassett have only reached the end of their allotted 50 overs once this season and have suffered some heavy defeats as a result.

Therefore, Lawro has targeted a change in attitude and application throughout the team when out in the middle if Bassett’s fortunes are to change.

He said: “Making better scores with the bat is what we really need to improve on. We need people to stand up and show some grit and application.

“I think we have batted 50 overs once all season and that says everything. When it gets tough, we need people to knuckle down and do a job for the team.

“It might not be pretty but it’s effective and it’s what we need. Too many guys think they can go out and hit fours and sixes off every ball but that’s just not going to happen on the pitches we play on.

“You need to do the hard yards and face some balls and then look to get runs later on. That is something we will definitely be working on.”

Elsewhere, Swindon travel to Hinton Charterhouse, while Purton are at home to Devizes.