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Royal WBT Programme Rated 4th Best In Non-League - 19 May

Royal Wootton Bassett Town’s first team programme was selected as the fourth best in all of non-league football in the 2018-19 Soccer Club Swap Shop Programme Awards. 
It marks the fourth year in a row that Bassett’s programme, titled the ‘Bassett Chronicle’ in 2018-19, has been voted in the non-league top ten. It also means the club climbed two places compared to 2017-18. 
The three clubs whose programmes were rated better than Bassett’s this season – Stockport County, Chelmsford City and Leamington – all were members of either the National League North or South in 2018-19, step two of the non-league pyramid. They were also three of the five sides who ranked higher than Bassett in 2017-18. 
Step six side Epsom and Ewell, who ply their trade in the Combined Counties League Division One, rounded out this year’s top five. 
It is now seven years in a row that the programme, edited by club President Mark Smedley and printed by long-time club sponsor Cats Solutions, has achieved a top twenty finish in the awards – a fantastic achievement. 

Bassett’s full results: 

2011-12 - Joint 50th in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Division One West 
2012-13 - 20th in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Division One West 
2013-14 - 19th in non-league, third best in Hellenic League Premier Division 
2014-15 - 12th in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Premier Division 
2015-16 – 1st in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Premier Division 
2016-17 – 3rd in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Premier Division 
2017-18 – 6th in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Premier Division 
2018-19 – 4th in non-league, Best Programme in Hellenic League Premier Division 

Royal Wootton Bassett Town programmes from the 2018-19 campaign are available to download here: https://rwbtfc.co.uk/team/137/ft/progs/ 


Bassett Welcome Byrne As Head Of Senior Coaching - 6 May

mike byrne coach hellenic leagueRoyal Wootton Bassett Town have strengthened their senior management team with the appointment of Mike Byrne as Head of Senior Coaching. 

Byrne will join the club for the 2019-20 season as a volunteer, supporting and offering guidance to the club's senior coaching teams. He is a vastly experienced and highly qualified coach, who Bassett are delighted to have on board. 

Currently working as the Wiltshire FA's County Coach Developer, Byrne has previously held coaching positions with Forest Green Rovers' first team and the youth academies at Bristol Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town, as well as a number of non-league sides.  He is no stranger to Bassett either, having held a relationship with the club for many years. Most notably, he served as assistant manager to Pete Yeardley when he was in charge of the first and reserve teams during the early 2000s. Meanwhile, last season he acted as a mentor to first team manager Sam Collier to great effect. 

Commenting on the appointment, club chairman Andy Walduck said: "I'm pleased that we have been able to obtain Mike's support. He offers a different, highly informed point of view when it comes to coaching, which will strengthen our senior section as a whole, and it fits well with his full time role at the FA." 

"Mike will be a great source of knowledge and experience for our various management teams, and he will improve the club's approach and professionalism towards the coaching it provides its senior players. This is something we are always looking to develop and Mike's appointment will contribute towards that ethos." 

 

Bassett Host English FA Lionesses - 9 April

Royal Wootton Bassett Town had the privilege of hosting training for the England Women's National Team on Monday (8 April), ahead of their friendly against Spain in Swindon on Tuesday evening.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town had the privilege of hosting training for the England Women's National Team on Monday (8 April 
Phil Neville and his squad held a behind-closed-doors training session on the stadium pitch at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, with stars such as Toni Duggan, Karen Carney, Jill Scott, Millie Bright and Demi Stokes completing preparations for their latest match as they look towards this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in France. 

Having the opportunity to host training for the national women's team was a huge honour, and one which Bassett can be proud of given it demonstrates the esteem in which the facilities at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground - open since 2015 - are held. 

 

Pagliaroli Bags A Pair At Bassett End Of Season Awards - 8 April 

Brad Pagliaroli hellenic league footballBrad Pagliaroli (left) was the star of the show at Royal Wootton Bassett Town's senior section presentation evening as he took home two first team Player of the Year prizes.  The forward, who struck eighteen times in forty appearances, was named both Players' and Supporters' Player of the Year – two deserved awards for an outstanding first season with the club. 

Gio Wrona hellenic league footballMidfielder Gio Wrona, who led Bassett in appearances for the second season running and was a consistently strong performer in the centre of the park, was named Manager's Player of the Year for the second season running. 

While they still have two Wiltshire League games to go, prizes for the Development team were also handed out. 

And for the second year in a row, George Staten (bottom left) was named Manager's Player of the George Staten hellenic league footballYear. The versatile youngster has enjoyed another excellent season, racking up five goals in sixteen appearances. 

Nick Mason hellenic league footballMeanwhile, Nick Mason (bottom right) picked up the team's Players' Player of the Year award. The central midfielder has demonstrated a superb attitude throughout the year, while also registering three goals. 

Winger Ben Paul, who has scored twice in 21 Development team appearances and also featured twice for the first team towards the end of the campaign, picked up the senior section's Young Player of the Year prize. 

The final award of the night – the prestigious Clubperson of the Year prize – was presented to club secretary Ian Thomas for his continued sterling efforts behind the scenes. 

Award winners: 
First team Players' Player of the Year: Brad Pagliaroli 
First team Manager's Player of the Year: Gio Wrona 
First team Supporters' Player of the Year: Brad Pagliaroli 
Young Player of the Year: Ben Paul 
Development team Players' Player of the Year: Nick Mason 
Development team Manager's Player of the Year: George Staten 
Senior Section Clubperson of the Year: Ian Thomas 

 

Home Form Extension - 22 March

Sam Collier hopes to extend Wootton Bassett’s excellent home form until the end of the season to ensure a top-10 finish in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser.

Bassett have triumphed in 10 of 15 league games played at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground this season – only the top two of Brimscombe & Thrupp and Wantage Town have won more times in front of their own fans.

However, life on the road has been a struggle and the two away wins for Collier’s side is the lowest in the division this term. Three of Bassett’s final four fixtures are on home turf – starting against Ascot United on Saturday – and Collier is optimistic that will enable his troops to improve upon their current position of ninth before the season is out.

“We are confident of beating anyone at home with the form we have shown there,” said Collier, ahead of the first match at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground since February 16. “Our home form has been really good and if our away form had matched that, we’d have won the league this season. Our first game in March was against Ascot too, so we know it will be a tough test. It was a good game – a 1-1 draw. We know a bit more about them and what they have to offer. They are fifth in the table and will want to finish as high as they can. But we like to take the game to teams, and the surface we have got at home allows us to get the ball down and have a go. There is no pressure on us as we know we are not going to go up or down this season. We will just enjoy the last four games – three of which are at home, which will hopefully mean some good results.”

Collier hopes to be able to hand Sam Packer a first start of the season against Ascot following his recovery after a long lay-off. "Sam has been a really good club player for the last four years or so,” said Collier. "He broke his foot towards the end of last season and had to have an operation and hasn’t played since. He has trained really hard and will be in the squad this weekend, which is a huge boost for me, the club and the lad. He’s by far one of the best players at the club.”

 

sam collier royla wootton bassett hellenic leagueCollier Commits For Next Season - 8 March

Sam Collier has agreed to remain manager of Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Royal Wootton Bassett Town until the end of next season. Writes Harry Abbott @harryabbott in the Swindon Advertiser.

Collier (pictured) took over at the Hellenic League side in January 2018 on an interim basis following the departure of Rich Hunter from the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground. That position was made permanent last summer and following a solid first full campaign in charge, the club have now acted to prolong his tenure by announcing he will remain as manager for the 2019-20 season.

Bassett chairman Andy Walduck said: “I’m so pleased that Sam has decided to stay with us into next season. This gives us an early start in allowing us as a club to focus on building for 2019-20. We’ve been highly impressed with the improvements on the field of play under Sam. Through improved coaching standards and access to a strong pool of players, our first team have remained competitive and, hopefully, will achieve a top-half finish at the end of this season."

“The recent appointment of Matt Bulman as his assistant has also boosted the quality of the management team, and they have the making of a dynamic management duo. It’s not only in regards to the first team’s performances that we’ve been impressed, though."

“Sam is a clubman through and through, supporting the club in social activities and, importantly, working alongside our head of youth section Mari Green in helping integrate our senior and youth sections, which is important for us. Sam is a valued and key member of our senior section. Objectives for next season have been agreed and we look forward to supporting Sam in achieving those goals.”

Bassett currently sit seventh in the Premier Division table having won 12 of their 31 league fixtures so far. Town have just five games left to play this term, with the next assignment for Collier’s side being a trip to bottom club Longlevens on Saturday.

 

Earn The Right To Play - 1 March

Royal Wootton Bassett Town assistant manager Matt Bulman says his side will have to earn the right to play when they come up against high-flying Ascot United on Saturday in the Hellenic League Premier.Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

matt bulman hellenic league footballDespite their lofty league positions, both sides are in awful form ahead of Saturday’s game - with one win in six for Bassett while Ascot have only won one of their previous eight in the league. And with only six games of the season left for Sam Collier’s men, they will have to play their hosts twice before the season is out.

Bulman (pictured) is aware of the threat United will pose to his new side and is thankful that Rhys Evans and Elias Youssef will be available to combat the quality Ascot possess.

He said: “They lost in midweek to a strong Shrivenham side, but it has always been a tough place to go - it’s not going to be easy for us. We’ll go there in the right frame of mind like our last league game, that was a win and clean sheet. We’re confident with the two new lads that we’ve got in, we’re in a better place than we were a few weeks ago. We’re confident and we’ll be going there looking to win. It will be a physical game, that’s their biggest strength. They’re big, strong and they’ll get the ball forward quickly, so we’ll have to defend and match their physicality to earn the right to play. Once we’ve done that, we’ll get the ball down and hopefully ease into the game.”

In their last eight games, Collier’s men are averaging a goal a game - however two of those games featured six goals. With the aforementioned form taken into account, it is little wonder that Bulman says Bassett need to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to improve as a club.

He said: “We need to be scoring more and keeping clean sheets. Last week was good, but if you look at the statistics, we have conceded more goals than we would have liked to this season, hence the reason why we’ve tried to get Rhys (Evans) in. So that’s something we’re continually working on, trying to keep the ball out the back of our net while trying to work on the attacking side as well. If you can do both then you’ll win games, but first and foremost we need to keep a clean sheet and build from there.”

 

Convert Chances - 15 February

Manager Sam Collier believes the key to reversing Royal Wootton Bassett’s poor run of form in Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division is to start converting chances that have cost them in recent weeks. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Bassett take on Binfield at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground tomorrow looking to end a five-game winless run that stretches back to before Christmas. After a three-week gap with no game, Bassett conceded twice in added time last weekend as they lost 2-0 away to Abingdon United, while also missing a penalty earlier on in the match.

Collier stated that performances have been largely dominant, but a lack of cutting edge in front of goal has cost his team valuable points as they hunt for a first-ever top-10 finish. He said: “We said we wanted to be able to end our poor run last weekend. For large periods of the game, we were in control, but what we’re having a little bit of a problem with at the moment is converting chances. We didn’t have that issue at the start of the season, and before Christmas, we were the top scorers in the league, but we’ve struggled to score of late and if you don’t take your chances, it will come back to haunt you.”

Due to Collier’s side being well in front of most other teams in terms of fixtures played, Bassett have only played three times since the new year began and, consequently, he believes it has adversely affected his players’ match sharpness. He said: “The break certainly hasn’t helped us in terms of momentum and having the ability to consistently train, but the game last week helped a bit and we’re all back up to speed. Last Saturday, we were a little bit rusty and it was a poor performance in some respects, but we’re all ready to set the record straight on Saturday and we’re all looking forward to it. Our strikers may be out of nick because the fixture list is so ridiculous. We’ve had three weeks off and the lads lose a bit of that sharpness in front of goal. It’s not just the strikers, though, it’s everyone – we’ve missed three penalties in our last three games.”

Meanwhile, Collier has added ex-Swindon Town and Swindon Supermarine goalkeeper, Matthew Bulman to his coaching staff until the end of the season, citing his knowledge and passion for the game as a significant factor in his decision.

 

sam collier royla wootton bassett hellenic leagueFull Squad Available - 11 January

Royal Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier is happy to start his side’s New Year fixtures in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division with a selection headache. Writes Harry Abbott in the Swindon Advertiser

Collier (pictured) has a healthy 18-man squad to pick from for Saturday’s trip to Ardley United, a stark contrast to the threadbare numbers he had available for the concluding games of 2018.

Bassett will return to action refreshed as they face their first game since December 29, and boss Collier says the extended break has been the ideal tonic. “We’ve had a longer rest than most clubs, but the schedule we had over Christmas was pretty relentless,” said Collier. “In the last couple of games before the turn of the year, we had the bare 11 players. I was without nine or 10 regulars due to holidays, injuries or suspension. We’ve got six or seven of them back in and refreshed and I have got 18 players to pick from this weekend. I haven’t had a selection headache in this sense for while, so it’s nice. It must be January as everyone wants to get out and run around.”

Bassett travel to an Ardley side who have struggled so far this season, sitting fourth from bottom in the table with 23 points from 22 games. However, Collier’s side were only narrow 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in November, so the Bassett boss is not expecting a straight-forward afternoon.

Collier said: “I think Ardley had probably 70 per cent of the possession when they came to our place earlier in the season. They have got some good players and they pass the ball around very nicely – they just didn’t cause us too many problems at the back. It will be a tough game, as they all are, and we will give them our full respect.”

As for Bassett, they are currently sixth in the table, although no team has played more than their 26 league fixtures. “I have had a chat with the chairman and I know what I would like to achieve in the second half of the season,” said Collier. “We have played quite a few games more than a lot of other teams, so if we could finish in the top 10, that would be great. Any higher would be fantastic considering we were one of the favourites to go down at the start of the season.”

 

500 Up For Yeardley - 8 December

steve yeardley 500 appearances for royal wootton bassett 7 december 2018Royal Wootton Bassett Town’s 1-1 draw against Brimscombe and Thrupp on Friday came on a milestone night for Steve Yeardley as he made his 500th first team appearance for the club.

To mark the occasion, chairman Andy Walduck presented Yeardley – without doubt the leading appearance maker in the club’s history – with a commemorative vase prior to kick off.

While Yeardley did give away a first half penalty that Ash Caldwell converted for Brimscombe, during the game he played a key role at centre half, helping frustrate the visitors’ potent strikeforce to secure a valuable point for his side.

His 500th game came sixteen years and a week after he made his Bassett debut, aged just 17, in a Hellenic League Supplementary Cup tie against Clanfield at Rylands Way. He quickly established himself in a side then managed by his father Pete Yeardley. And all these years later, he remains a key member of the Bassett team.

Along the way, Yeardley has made many significant contributions for Bassett.
Despite playing for the majority of his career as a defender, he has always had a knack for scoring goals, netting 77 times in Bassett colours. That haul includes a brace in a 2-1 FA Cup triumph against Bracknell Town, then plying their trade two divisions higher than Bassett, in 2007.

Other notable strikes include goals against Calne Town and Highworth Town in the same competition during Bassett’s journey to the second qualifying round in 2012-13 and the match winner in the FA Vase first round against Ampthill Town in 2017-18, a goal that ensured Bassett equalled their best ever run.

Meanwhile, he has featured in all positions – including goalkeeper – for Bassett, while also playing through the pain barrier on multiple occasions. One of Yeardley’s standout performances was in November 2006 when he played every minute of a Wiltshire Senior Cup tie against Calne Town that went to extra time and penalties just days after having completed the New York Marathon.

In total, Yeardley has played for seven different permanent managers and alongside an astonishing 306 different teammates at Bassett. His time with Bassett has been split over two spells, with Yeardley playing more than 130 times for Highworth from 2009 to 2012, winning the Hellenic League Challenge Cup in his final season with the Worthians.

 

Football This Friday - 4 December

Royal Wootton Bassett Town will be hosting Friday Night Football on 7 December as they clash with fellow Hellenic League Premier Division high-flyers Brimscombe and Thrupp.

And it promises to be an entertaining encounter at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground (7.45pm kick off). Brimscombe currently occupy second spot in the table and are hot on the heels of leaders Brackley Town Saints. Bassett, meanwhile, are positioned not far behind their Gloucestershire opponents, though will be looking to narrow the gap particularly given the three extra games they have played so far.

Historically, Bassett have enjoyed a fair amount of success against the Lilywhites, despite never having finished above them in the league. In fourteen league encounters over the past seven seasons, Bassett have won seven compared to Brimscombe's five triumphs with two matches having ended all square.

Games between the teams are typically tight encounters too: in those league meetings, Bassett have scored eighteen times to Brimscombe's seventeen, and the average 2.5 goals per game that the contests have produced is low when compared with Bassett's records against other rivals.

Last season's fixtures did serve to increase that average, however, with Brimscombe completing a rather comfortable league double, triumphing 3-0 in Gloucestershire before prevailing 3-1 in the return match in Wiltshire. Bassett will therefore be hoping to avenge those losses. And they will be buoyed by their impressive home record this season too, which has seen them win nine league games, draw once and loss only twice. They will have to be at their best though considering Brimscombe possess the second best away record in the league, recording 23 out of a possible 33 points that have been available to them.

While it's likely going to be a cold December night, the game should be a good one and provide enough entertainment to make braving the chill worthwhile!

 

Tough Encounter For Bassett - 2 November

Royal Wootton Bassett manager Sam Collier says Abingdon United will provide a tough test despite their deceptive league position.

Bassett currently sit fourth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division table, while their weekend visitors are languishing at the bottom of pile. Collier, who used to play for the Oxfordshire side, steered his team to a 2-1 win over Virginia Water on Tuesday night after being given last weekend off.

While the Bassett boss admits his former employers are clearly struggling, he says they will still be a difficult team to beat. “Abingdon are certainly under achieving this season with the players they have and a good manager too,” he said in the Swindon Advertiser. “I feel their league position is incorrect and I'd back them to still finish in the top half. I spent two great seasons at Abingdon as a player when I first left Bassett and I very much enjoyed my time there. The week off helped us rest some very tired legs along with giving the lads who have been carrying knocks a chance to recover. Our own league position is pleasing and I'm happy to be in the top four. We have played more games than anyone else below us, but we would certainly rather have the points on the board. If we want to stay in the top six to eight teams, we need to be better at backing up a win with another win, starting this weekend.”

Fitness-wise, Collier will be without both Danny Lachacz and Iggy Illot as they were struggling with injury. Lachacz has a slight calf problem, while Illot is still recovering from a sore knee.

However, the Bassett boss will be boosted by the return of Matthew Bennett and Carl Evans who are available for selection again. Bassett have also further strengthened their squad with the signing of Mani Roper from league rivals Shrivenham.

 

Consistency Sought - 12 October

Royal Wootton Bassett Town boss Sam Collier has called for consistency from his side as they prepare to face Reading City in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier division. Writes Matthew Davies in the Swindon Advertiser.

With five wins, five defeats and two draws so far this season, the Hellenic League Premier Division side certainly have room for improvement.

"Something we have lacked is consistency, If we want to do well we have to go on better runs than just back to back wins, good sides win games consistently and if can’t win they draw and that’s something we have to learn," Collier said. "Reading are expecting to win the league and anything other than that will be seen as a failure with the money they are spending.

"It will be a very difficult game but we have shown we can mix with the better sides in this league. We went to Wantage with a game plan and it worked until a poor decision from someone turned the game and cost us. I was massively proud of the lads and they shown great togetherness with nine men for 40 mins. But it’s another game where I feel we have given away three points.

"So far our home form has been very good this season which has been great, everyone enjoys coming to our ground so people raise their game as it’s the best ground in the league. It’s the away form which is concerning."

Josh Shama is unavailable for the game, while Brad Pagialrilo is ruled out with with a sore knee. Carl Evans returns after being away with the RAF Team.

 

Goalkeeper Quandry - 28 September

Despite struggling for a keeper, Royal Wootton Bassett Town boss Sam Collier says he will field the strongest side he can as they prepare for Tuffley Rovers in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.

Bassett have won four times in their Hellenic League Premier Division fixtures and due to their domestic form, they sit fifth in the league table. Collier must now turn his attention to this weekend’s cup commitments and says he will not be taking the contest lightly.

“We want to try and win every game we play in therefore regardless of what competition we are in we will still be playing the strongest side we can,” he said in the Swindon Advertiser. “We have a core squad of 19 and they have all played there part so far, Its massively important that you have a decent size squad with good quality as someone is always away or out injured. We have had a very pleasing start to the season and if someone said to me we would be fifth after 10 games would I have taken it? Probably yes. I feel we have chucked away about seven to nine points already but I am sure every manager would think that, For how we have played fifth is about right. I still don’t think we have played anywhere near our best and even in the games we have won we haven’t been great.”

Swindon Supermarine goalkeeper Josh Hill suffered a long-term injury in the club’s 2-2 draw with Chippenham Town at the weekend. The knock-on effect means that Kev Sawyer, who has featured for Bassett, will now play for Marine, meaning Collier has to source a new goalkeeper. “We have made a seven-day approach for a player this week with regards to our ongoing keeper situation,” he added. “Kev Sawyer is now back at Marine as he played against Chippenham on Tuesday. Connor Thompson, who has been with us for last month, also played in that same game but for Chippenham and another player was called back to Hungerford for the FA Cup game with Wantage. So, all three keepers we currently have have been called up to FA Cup games. We will await to see which out of the three we can get back.”

 

Statement Made - 10 September

sam collier royla wootton bassett hellenic leagueRoyal Wootton Bassett boss Sam Collier believes his side made a statement by securing back-to-back League wins in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

Given their recent run of League results and the calibre of opposition they came up against, Collier (pictured right) wants to see more belief from his troops.

“I’m delighted because that is back-to-back wins over two of the top sides,” said Collier speaking to Matthew Davies of the Swindon Advertiser. “Flackwell were organised and passed it well, but we were the better team. We scored quite early and we looked comfortable. They scored a goal against the run of play. We got in at half-time and I had a bit of a pop at the lads because I thought they were a little bit complacent. In the second half, we got out early and got the second goal. TJ (Bohane) showed good instincts to score a little header."

“We need to start believing in ourselves. We have players who have done well in this league and the league above. When we looked at the fixtures, we looked at the home games and we were hoping to get some points. If we did do that then great, but we managed to get maximum points."

 

Bassett Confirm First Team Management - 9 July

Royal Wootton Bassett Town are pleased to confirm that Sam Collier (manager), Drew Youngsam (assistant manager) and Rob Hopkins (head coach) will comprise its management team for the 2018-19 Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division campaign.

Collier took over as interim manager in January, with support provided by Hopkins, before being handed over the reins on a permanent basis at the end of last season. Youngsam, meanwhile, joins from local rivals Highworth Town where he served as assistant manager over the past three seasons, helping them lift the Wiltshire Senior Cup title in 2016-17 as well as achieve a third-place finish in 2017-18 that secured them promotion to the Southern League.

All three individuals have previously represented Bassett as players, and both Youngsam and Hopkins – who are UEFA B qualified coaches – have fulfilled coaching roles with the club in the past too. Youngsam was assistant manager to Jeff Roberts in 2013-14, while Hopkins provided support during Paul Burke's tenure as manager.

Bassett are already two weeks into their pre-season training programme, with their first friendly set to take place on Tuesday 10th July against Clanfield (7.30pm kick off, Gerard Buxton Sports Ground AGP).

The squad is coming together nicely too, with a solid mix of experience and youth expected to form its core.

 

Bassett Set To Gear Up For New Season - 20 June

Royal Wootton Bassett Town begin preparations for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday 26th June when senior section pre-season training gets under way.

Both the First and Development teams will be aiming to improve on their performances in 2017-18, when Sam Collier's side finished a disappointing 15th in the Hellenic League Premier Division and Paul Gerrish's Development outfit occupied a more respectable tenth place in the Wiltshire Senior League.

First team boss Collier has been busy in recent weeks, working the phones and meeting with potential recruits to help boost his squad.

The majority of players who finished the season with Bassett are set to again commit, while the manager is confident of securing the services of a series of players with Southern and Hellenic League experience.

After starting on the 26th, training will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in the lead up to the start of the Hellenic League campaign on Saturday 4th August.

Three friendlies have so far been organised. Bassett begin with a trip to Newbury on Friday 13th July. They then travel to Westbury United, Western League Division One champions last year, on Tuesday July 17th before hosting Hellenic League Division One West outfit New College two days later.

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