ROYAL Wootton Bassett head coach Alan Low says his side’s Wiltshire derby against Trowbridge means no more or less than any other game in the division ahead of the pair’s meeting on Saturday.

Despite sharing a county, Bassett do not view Trowbridge as rivals and the weekend’s game will just be about getting the job done according to their head coach.

Low said former players and fans of both clubs may experience a few more nerves than normal as they hope to hold the bragging rights over friends or family, but his XI will take to the pitch with the same level as fire in their belly as normal.

The only increase that is set to take place on Saturday is the amount of money that goes through the bar as a larger crowd than normal arrives at Trowbridge Rugby Club.

Low said: “There isn’t really an extra edge to these games.

“A lot is said about local derbies, and it was nice to be playing local sides when we were in Dorset & Wilts because it saves on travel and the bar taking are better.

“But most of the rivalry for this game comes off the field with a lot of the older guys who used to play.

“For the younger lads, it’s just a case of cracking on and getting on with beating the other team.

“They see it as just another week and another job to do.

“I wouldn’t say this game is something that is viewed as a real local derby or a grudge match or anything like that – it’s just another week and another job to get done.”

And while there is plenty the two sides have in common, one thing that could hardly be more paradoxical is the pair’s league placing.

Bassett are hot on the heels of leaders Old Centralians while Trowbridge – who have recently changed head coach – are propping up the division with just tumultuous Salisbury below.

Low is wary of the threat a rejuvenated Trowbridge could pose however with new ideas and a new game plan in use.

He said: “Trowbridge are struggling a little bit, but they’ve recently changed their coach so that’s potentially galvanised them a little bit.

“They had a really strong result against Marlborough at home a couple of weeks back.

“Like with any side who has just changed their manager or coaching staff, there is the potential for a slip up from our point of view as it will galvanise the other team.

“So we’re heading into the unknown a little bit this weekend I would say.”