SWINDON skipper Mike Thompson is hoping that last weekend’s hard-fought win over Stratford-Upon-Avon will be the catalyst to turn their season around.

The 22-12 success in South West One East was only the Greenbridge Road’s second of the season, the other being a 15-9 win over Marlow, who are now the only below Swindon in the table, back in early September.

However, the openside flanker, who is in his second season as captain at Swindon, is hoping that his team can make it back-to-back wins when they make the trip to mid-table outfit Wimborne after labelling the contest as ‘must-win’.

“We know that it is never easy going to Wimborne,” Thompson said. “They are usually pretty strong at home.

“But, I think, given that the position we are in, we have to put in a performance. We must win the match.

“Maybe if we had been further up the table with a few more wins under our belts, we could look at targeting different games.

“But we are in a situation where every single game is must-win.

“We have got all of our players back now. It was great to see Dave Cox and Tom Mannion back in the team last weekend and carrying the ball.

“Cam Brown played at fly-half, Adam Westall was at full-back and Connal Knott played 13.

“We have got the players, it was just a tweak of the side, and hopefully we can keep that going at Wimborne.”

Elsewhere, Royal Wootton Bassett will be keen to keep their revival going in the South West One East when they make the short trip to Bicester.

Alan Low’s side head to Oxfordshire having secured four bonus-point wins on the trot after losing their opening five matches of the campaign.

Swindon College Old Boys welcome county rivals Corsham to Pipers Way in Southern Counties South determined to bounce back from their 37-22 derby defeat at Marlborough.

Meanwhile, Supermarine will be looking for a response at Dorset and Wilts One North high-flyers Bradford on Avon after being humbled 71-0 at home Combe Down, who jumped above Bradford to top the table on points difference following that result.