ALAN Low wants Royal Wootton Bassett to remain at the top of the South West One (East) pecking order before the league’s first void weekend in a fortnight’s time.

Bonus point wins over Old Centralians, Old Patesians, Oxford Harlequins, Windsor, Salisbury and Sherborne have earned Low’s troops top spot by four points with 20 game weeks remaining.

Should Bassett be planning to mount a bid for promotion to the Southern Premier Division, further wins against Trowbridge on Saturday (3pm) and at Wimborne a week later must be targeted.

With second placed Banbury set to visit Malmesbury Road on Saturday, November 9, Low wants his squad to find themselves in the best possible place ahead of a tough run of fixtures in November – which includes ties against Buckingham and Beaconsfield.

He said: “We’ve got some tough fixtures coming up towards the end of this phase of games.

“We want the squad to be in the best possible place before we enter this run of hard fixtures.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good place, what we’ve got to do now is to start backing that up week in, week out.

“It’s credit to the work that the guys have put in over the summer. We’ve generally had strong starts to the season.

“It’s something we’ve talked about trying to maintain further throughout the year.”

Work off the pitch has no doubt boosted Bassett’s on-field results this term.

Club legend Tim Gallimore – now Bassett’s strength and conditioning coach – earned Low’s praise ahead of Trowbridge’s visit this weekend.

Youngsters Ethan Stock and Ioan Jenkins were also subject to Low’s praise having made their first team debuts this term.

The Bassett coach added: “Two guys have made their first team debuts this season – Ethan Stock and Ioan Jenkins.

“Ioan has established himself in the side since coming back from school. He’s been with the club since U7s, and is a teenager now going great guns.

“The work Tim Gallimore has done since retiring and taking on the role as strength and conditioning coach has been exceptional.

“That’s one of the main reasons why the first and second teams are in the positions they find themselves in.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Swindon host Swindon College Old Boys in Southern Counties South.

Both teams have started the season in inconsistent fashion, winning two and losing two games.