ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Rich Hunter is expecting a professional performance when his side tackle Horndean in the FA Vase.

In league action, Horndean are having an encouraging campaign in the Sydenhams Football League Premier Division, where they sit fourth in the table with 11 wins out of 15 games.

However, Bassett are also enjoying a recent resurgence as their extra-time win over Fairford Town in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

“We know a reasonable bit about them. We have done our research and I’ve spoken to a few managers in their league,” Hunter said.

“We have some good information about them and they’ll be a tough team, but any cup game is decided by whoever is better on the day.

“I need a professional performance. We said at the start of the season we wanted to do as well as we could in the Vase.

“Our minds have been set on it for a good few weeks now, once we knew our opponents. We have had a good couple of training sessions in preparation.”

Even though his players were forced into an extra 30 minutes in their narrow win on Wednesday night, Hunter says that may prove to be valuable game time for some of the fringe players.

“The game in the week was good for us, we had the chance to put a few things into practice and we are ready to go,” he added.

“Confidence is good and we will go there and have a right go. We could have done without the extra 30 minutes but the lads are fit. “I was able to rotate the squad a bit for the game and rest a few so the squad is fresh and I have a full selection for Saturday.”

In the Hellenic League Premier Division, pace-setters Highworth Town host Brackley Town Saints.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, bottom-of-the-league Fairford travel to fellow strugglers Burnham.

Meanwhile, in Division One West, Shrivenham travel to North Leigh United, while New College have a tough test at home in fourth-placed Easington Sports.