ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier wants his side to stop conceding ‘sloppy goals’ as they aim to turn their wretched early-season form around against Reading City this weekend.

Bassett have let in 12 goals in just three Hellenic League Premier Division matches so far this season but face a Reading City side at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground that have only scored six in their first four games.

Collier is therefore viewing Saturday's game as an opportunity to stop the rot at the back that has set in during their opening month of the 2019-20 season.

The Bassett manager says he has not yet decided whether fresh faces are needed to help his side’s rearguard action or if a simple change in line-up will do the trick.

Either way, Collier is not in the mood to wait around.

He said: “No one has had to work hard to score goals against us, all of the goals we’ve conceded have been through individual errors or through general sloppiness, so we need to cut that out right away.

“So that might be a case of getting a couple more bodies in or simply rotating the side, we’re not too sure yet, but we certainly need to nip it in the bud sooner rather than later.

“It’s still extremely early for us, so there are no dramas in that sense, we’re just focused on nipping this form in the bud and looking forward to winning games again.”

While they are down in 19th heading into this weekend’s round of matches, Bassett have played the fewest number of fixtures in the division.

And after Collier brought in 11 new faces to the club over the summer, the Bassett chief reiterated his belief that that many changes will always take time to bed into their new surroundings.

Collier said: “I’m extremely confident things will turn around, we just need to click. As I’ve said before, we signed 11 new players over the summer, and it doesn’t just click straight away.

“Yes, we won pre-season games, but that counts for nothing as I said at the time.

“We need to gel as a side quickly or we’re going to have to make changes.

“I’m still confident that’s going to happen. There’s no doom and gloom on our end, but we want to get it sorted sooner rather than later.”

Elsewhere in the Hellenic Premier Division, Fairford Town host Easington Sports at Cinder Lane, while Shrivenham welcome Virginia Water to Barrington Park.

In Division One West, Malmesbury Victoria travel to Stonehouse Town, while New College Swindon host Wellington.