ROYAL Wootton Bassett team manager George Loughlin knows that his side will have a tough task to try to register their first win of the season tomorrow.

The Ballards Ash outfit have lost their first four fixtures in South West One East, however, there have been signs of improvements.

Bassett secured a losing bonus point a fortnight ago during their 20-14 defeat at Oxford Harlequins before feeling aggrieved following their 21-17 loss at Witney last Saturday.

However, Salisbury, who came down from National Three South West last term, have made a strong start to the campaign.

Neil Loader’s side have won three of their four matches so far this term, including a 62-13 drubbing of Oxford Harlequins last weekend, while their only defeat has come at unbeaten Old Patesians in a 27-26 thriller.

“We knew it is going to be tough, but we will be going all out to get a positive result,” said Loughlin, who says that the experience of Dave Hogg and Tim Gallimore will be key.

“We don’t know what to expect from Salisbury, they came down last year and they have had three good wins and the loss came against the team I rate as favourites for the title.

“Neil Loader is their head coach and I used to play alongside him back in the 1980s so it would be nice to get one over on him.”

Swindon, meanwhile, will be keen to kick-start their campaign when they make the trip to Oxford Harlequins.

After picking up their first win of the season against Marlow in their second outing of the campaign, the Greenbridge Road side have suffered back-to-back defeats - including a 50-5 home reverse to Old Pats last Saturday.

In Southern Counties South, Swindon College Old Boys return to action following a week off and head for early league leaders Devizes.

Mark Lea’s side claimed a 21-8 success over Swanage and Wareham in their last outing a fortnight ago, while Devizes were given an unexpected week off last Saturday as they received a home walkover win in the Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Cup quarter-finals as Blandford failed to raise a side.

Supermarine will eager to maintain their unbeaten start to their Dorset & Wilts One North when they head to Pewsey Vale. The South Marston men have won both their opening matches, defeating Swindon 2nd 17-7, before edging out Melksham 23-22 a fortnight ago.