ROYAL Wootton Bassett team manager George Loughlin will tell his players to look no further than their heroics of last season to believe they can do what no other team has done this term and topple South West One East leaders Old Patesians on Saturday.

Old Pats boast an unblemished record of 13 wins from 13 league fixtures in 2017-18 and already have an eight-point advantage at the summit.

By contrast, Bassett will travel to Everest Road in Cheltenham tomorrow seeking a win that would allow them to head into the Christmas break with a 50-50 win-loss record.

The Ballards Ash side were just one of two teams to inflict defeat on Old Pats on their own turf in the previous campaign, so Loughlin says his men must make the trip believing a repeat performance is possible.

“It’s a really tough match coming up on Saturday,” said Loughlin.

“Old Patesians are completely unbeaten and it’s looking like they will win the league, although I actually think Chippenham are a better side.

“It is going to be really tough but we beat them at their place last year and I think it was one of their only home defeats, so we will be looking to go up there and try to do the same.

“It’s the last game before Christmas, so we are just going to go up there and give it a real go.”

Bassett currently sit seventh in the table and have a 17-point cushion ahead of the bottom two and Loughlin believes the team have set a solid foundation over the first half of the campaign.

“We are targeting to finish as high as we can but we realistically only need another three or four wins over the second half of the season to stay up, which is always the target at the beginning of the season,” said Loughlin.

If Bassett are to claim victory, they will have to do so without influential skipper Dave Hogg following an injury to the second row a fortnight ago.

Elsewhere, Swindon will fancy their chances of bouncing back from their hefty 64-12 derby defeat at home to Chippenham last time out when they travel to winless Marlow tomorrow.

Swindon College Old Boys face a stiff test in Southern Counties South as they travel to leaders Sherborne, who boast a 100 per cent record this term.

Finally, Supermarine host Chippenham 2nd in Dorset & Wilts One North.