HEAD coach Alan Low believes Royal Wootton Bassett are ‘in a good place’ going into the new Southern Counties North season, but is keeping the club’s on-pitch targets close to his chest.
Bassett’s Ballard’s Ash home has undergone a makeover during the course of the last year, with an impressive modern clubhouse complemented by a gym, function facilities and improved drainage to the club’s pitches.
All that has given Bassett a hugely professional feel, with the first team getting their season started at home to Bicester tomorrow.
Low is hopeful of converting the club’s progress off the pitch into success on it, but isn’t getting too carried away when it comes to setting his team targets.
“The club have been in a really good place and there’s been a lot of investment into our facilities over the summer, which is good, and we’ve had some good new players in too,” he said.
“We’ve had a strong pre-season on the strength and conditioning side of things and also looking at the playing structures so we’re in a good place.
“We brought in some good players and played some good stuff in pre-season, with some strong performances, so we’re looking forward to getting started.
“It should be a really strong year for us, we’re looking for a good league finish and a good cup run. We’ve set some targets and they will stay in the room, but I can honestly say it’s not promotion although we would like a strong finish.”
Prop Gary Williamson has returned to Bassett from Swindon and, along with back row Kyle Lovell and centre Gary Champion, Low believes his side have recruited well.
“Gary has come back to his childhood club and is a great figure on and off the pitch,” he said.
“He’s made a big impact too and as an amateur club he’s added an air of professionalism in everything he’s doing which rubs off on everyone.
“Gary Champion has come in too as has Kyle Lovell and they’ve been really good for us, we’ve got three big signings and they bring some experience into the squad we maybe lacked last year.
“There are exciting times ahead and we really want to get going well.”
The club hold their seventh annual beer festival both tonight and tomorrow, with tickets costing £12 and including a commemorative glass and four beer tokens.