ROYAL Wootton Bassett head coach Alan Low says his players must prepare themselves to face Beaconsfield at their best in order to avoid losing their unbeaten record in South West One East.

Bassett have claimed 10 wins from their opening decade of fixtures, but almost slipped up away at Buckingham last weekend – only a couple of late missed kicks spared their blushes.

Low’s men will face a Beaconsfield side who occupy one of the mid-table spots around Buckingham this weekend, and is therefore likely to post a similar challenge.

The Bassett coach is aware of the number of youth prospects that their weekend opponents are blooding this season and says a fast start is vital for his side if they are to prevent confidence from growing on the other side of the ball.

Low said: “Beaconsfield have been a little bit up and down so far this year, but I believe there has been quite a lot of movement within their squad due players retiring and a new crop coming through.

“They’re giving guys a prolonged period in the first team to try and help them develop, so their results have been a little inconsistent, which is what you’d expect from a side that is full of younger players.

“We’ll really have to be on our guard at home because if they get out of the blocks really well and get some early confidence, they’ll be a difficult team to play against.”

With conditions becoming ever colder and rainier as winter takes hold, Low is preparing game plans that will help his side continue to dominate while avoiding handling errors and being forced to soak up pressure in their own end.

The Bassett coach feels this well be especially important this weekend when Ballards Ash plays host to three home games as well as the Vice President’s lunch.

Low wants his players to prove to the expanded crowd how good they can be by producing an utterly dominant performance on home turf.

He said: “We’ve got to get down and re-focus on our game management. That’s something we’ll be focusing on in training.

“We’ll make a few modifications with what we’re going to do with our game.

“We’ve certainly seen a shift in weather conditions lately, so that will have an effect on what we do slightly.

“Hopefully we can formulate a plan that will allow us to play the game we want it to be played.

“It will be a big day on Saturday too because the club has got three home games, as well as the Vice President’s lunch with 150 extra people coming down for that.

“It will be a very busy day and a good day for the boys to show what they can do.”

Elsewhere, Swindon host Corsham in Southern Counties South while Swindon College Old Boys welcome Combe Down.

In Dorset & Wilts One North, Royal Wootton Bassett 2nd are at home to Avonvale while in Dorset & Wilts Two North, Supermarine travel to Melksham 2nd.