GEORGE Loughlin says Royal Wootton Bassett are revitalised after their weekend break and have set their sights on victory against Wimborne on Saturday.

With back-to-back defeats in South West One East before last weekend’s break in fixtures, Loughlin admits his players could do with a positive result.

Team manager Loughlin says the break will have given some players a well-needed rest, although this weekend has come too early for skipper David Hogg to return from a knee injury.

The last time the two teams met, an impressive display from Wimborne’s forward line saw them start well before Bassett hit their stride to triumph 30-20.

“The break has given players who have played a lot a rest. We haven’t really got anyone back from injury but the rest was good,” he said.

“When we played Wimborne earlier in the season, they had a good set of forwards and started really well, they put a lot of pressure on us.

“It’s difficult to know what to expect from them. Recently they have done well and have only lost narrowly.

“We are both mid-table sides, so it could easily be a close one. It’s important for us to get out of this run of defeats.

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say we are desperate to win, but we are pretty keen to get one. We have points in the bag and we want to add to those.

“We don’t want to be dragged into anything, so we probably need a couple more wins to be safe and Saturday is a good opportunity to get one.”

While the Bassett coach is aware of the potential threat posed by their opponents, there is no way he can be sure what to expect this weekend.

“We are expecting a tough challenge,” he added.

“You can never really know what to expect. We played them three months ago and the teams in this league have quite small squads so injuries have a big impact from one game to another.

“They could have a few back from injuries, but we don’t really know.”

Elsewhere, Swindon will be looking to maintain their recent run of good results as they host Witney.

Mike Thompson’s troops have been able to record back-to-back wins in their last two outings against Salisbury and Royal Wootton Bassett respectively.

In Southern Counties South, Swindon College Old Boys are travelling away to Walcot, while Supermarine host Warminster in Dorset & Wilts One North.