ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier believes his side are starting to turn a corner in terms of form ahead of their Hellenic League Premier meeting with Binfield this weekend.

Bassett have claimed a win and a draw in their last two league games after beginning the campaign in woeful form whereas upcoming opponents Binfield have seen their season transform in the opposite direction.

Having won their opening seven fixtures in all competitions, Binfield have not quite hit those heights in recent weeks and have returned to a campaign of relative normality, winning two and losing two since the start of the month.

And with his side improving defensively game by game, Collier is optimistic Bassett’s mini-revival is not a flash in the pan.

He said: “We’ve turned a little corner and we’re two unbeaten now.

“We’ve beaten Ardley United quite comfortably recently and on Tuesday night, we hosted Tuffley.

“In the first half on Tuesday, that was certainly the best we’ve played this season. The passing, the movement and the way we worked hard was fantastic.

“We got ourselves in front, but the one time they got over the halfway line, the right-back has gone to cross it and it’s gone straight in the top corner.

“At that point, you start to think: ‘here we go again’. That’s the sort of luck we’ve been getting recently, but the lads composed themselves and the performance was very pleasing.”

Bassett have conceded 24 goals in nine games so far this season – 19 of which have come in their half a dozen matches at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground.

But with just two goals finding their way into the back of the Bassett net in the last pair of games, Collier is hopeful that the defensive work in training – combined with a small change in formation – will continue to pay dividends for his team.

He said: “Our main concern was conceding goals – we’ve been conceding far too many goals, so we had a little change up at the back, and in the last two games, we’ve done really well.

“We think we’ve turned a corner in that sense and we’ve certainly tightened up at the back.

“We’re always a threat in front of goal, so with the form that we’ve been in, I’m pleased with four points from our last two games.”

Elsewhere, Shrivenham host Brackley Town Saints in a mid-table clash while Fairford Town put their unbeaten run on the line away at Reading City.