ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT coach Alan Low will be hoping his mid-season prediction does not come back to haunt him as his side travel to Trowbridge on Saturday – a side he picked as one of two to watch in the second half of the season.

Both are coming off the back of wins last weekend and Bassett will be out to do the double over Dan Jeffries’ men following their 20-14 win back in early October.

Bassett go in to Saturday’s match just four points behind Old Centralians in second – the North Wiltshire outfit having won their last three.

But Low suggested Trowbridge would be a much different beast to the one his troops bested last time out and is preparing his players for a far greater test this time around.

He said: “My prediction for the two teams to watch in the second half of the season were Trowbridge and Beaconsfield. And low and behold, both came away with a good result at the weekend.

“When (Trowbridge) played us up here – I know their coach Dan (Jeffries) well and I said to him ‘you’ll be fine this year’.

“They’ll pick up a lot of results now, it was just a case of them finding their feet before Christmas.

“They’ve certainly started to do that, and they are the only other team that have really pushed Newbury close this year.

“Then they’ve gone up to Oxford Harlequins and got a really good result there, so I think they will be really starting to push on in the second half of the season.

“It will be a really difficult contest, certainly up front – we’re expecting a tough day at the office.”

Low is after another accurate display from his side this week and believes that as long as his side can up their game in an attacking sense, they have an excellent chance of pipping Old Centralians to the second promotion spot.

He said: “Despite our injury issues, the guys understand the patterns we’re trying to play and they’re sticking to the framework that we’ve put in place.

“So for us, it’s that one to 15 performance of being accurate with our own game and I think if we get that right in attack, then we’ve certainly got enough there to trouble anyone in the league.

“And in defence – it’s only Newbury with a stronger defensive record than us – so we’ve got that side of our game covered, the goal for us is to try and put a few more points on the board.”

Elsewhere, Swindon host Salisbury while Swindon College Old Boys travel to Sherborne.

Finally, Supermarine are due to play Royal Wootton Bassett II at Ballards Ash.