TABLE topping Royal Wootton Bassett are expected to retain their spot at the summit of the South West One (East) table ahead of the league’s autumn break this weekend when travelling to Wimborne.

But head coach Alan Low appreciates his men must not underestimate the capabilities of the Dorset club – which is littered with county experience from the Dorset and Wiltshire programme.

Bassett’s start to the season couldn’t have gone better.

All 35 points have been secured from the club’s opening seven fixtures, that includes healthy wins over promotion hopefuls Old Centralians and Oxford Harlequins earlier this term.

But with in-form Banbury providing Bassett with their first task after the autumn break, Low is keen not to allow his squad’s form to drop against a Wimborne side struggling to promote themselves from the bottom half of the table.

“Wimborne will have some threats, and have just have an internal change after their head coach stepped down,” said Low.

“Like any sport, there’s always a knee-jerk reaction from the players when a new coach comes in.

“We don’t want to be on the wrong end of that so we must be on our a-game.”

Not only is Bassett’s position at the top of South West One (East) pleasing Low, but also the club’s four teams being fielded each Saturday.

It’s rare a town the size of Bassett can boast such a booming rugby club. And Low paid tribute to the hard-working staff behind the scenes that make the above possible.

He added: “The club’s going from strength to strength. We’ve got to a great level with the minis and juniors.

“That has created a stronger senior section, we’ve managed to retain good young players into the senior squad.

“We’re fielding four teams on a Saturday without players joining us from other clubs – that’s fantastic.

“And we want to continue that in the future. The wider we grow, the higher we can aim.”