Royal Wootton Bassett Town will be hoping they can do the double over Longlevens when the pair clash at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground tomorrow. Writes Jonny Leighfield Chief sports writer for The Swindon Advertiser
Bassett emerged 3-1 winners back in September after goals from Daniel Langford, Alfie Presley and Gio Wrona put the visitors on course for their first win of the season. Over a dozen games later, the pair are separated by just two points – though Bassett have played three more matches – after Collier’s men saw a slight resurgence in results, particularly at home in recent weeks.
The Bassett boss Sam Collier knows repeating their feat from earlier in the season will be tricky however with Longlevens in confident mood after dispatching Fairford Town 3-0 the previous weekend.
Collier said: “We’ve won our last two games at home, so we’re looking forward to getting back there and hopefully getting some points on the board. I know Longlevens played in midweek, but I don’t think they’ll be too tired as a result. I’m not sure how much that affects the game these days – the lads are quite used to training and playing at least twice a week, so I wouldn’t read too much into that. But they are in fairly good form – they’ve recently gone to Fairford and given them a bit of a hiding, so it will be a tough test for us.”
Victory for Bassett on Saturday will lift the Wiltshire club above their Gloucestershire rivals at the very least and could see a significant improvement in their league position. Given the competitiveness of the Hellenic Premier Division’s mid-table section, Collier has set his players the target of winning their next two games to ensure their top-10 ambitions remain realistic.
He said: “We don’t know a huge amount about Longlevens, but we did watch them in midweek. When we went there earlier in the season we won, but I can imagine it will be a completely different team for them this time. They’re on good form, they beat Fairford, so their spirits will be up. It’s a little mini-league that we’re in at the moment. If you win games, you go shooting up the table whereas if you lose, you can find yourself in quite a precarious position all of a sudden. We’ve got two big games coming up and we’re hoping to take maximum points from both.”