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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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