Bassett and Old Boys in local derby
While Old Boys performed well despite going down 13-10 to Reading Abbey in their first game since arriving in Southern Counties North, Bassett were taught a harsh lesson by recently relegated High Wycombe as they crashed to a disappointing 66-5 defeat.
Both sides have worked hard this week as they look to put things right and Bassett coach Alan Low is keen for his team to put the opening day defeat out of their minds and focus on beginning their home campaign in style.
“We’ve reflected on it and have taken a lot of the positives out of the spells we played and have set some targets for this week which reflect those positives,” he said.
“We’ve addressed the issues during a tough night in training in monsoon conditions, and the guys feel really positive.
“There’s going to be a few changes coming in which should help but what happened was a real eye opener for the guys in terms of what to expect because High Wycombe had come down.
“It will be a different threat from College and a different game, and it’s our first home game so we want to go out there and show what this new era is all about in front of what should be a good crowd.
“We have a beer festival on and both senior teams are at home, so I’m confident a different Bassett side will come out the gate this weekend.
“This is the building of a new side with new coaches in and we’re just trying to adapt things, so we need to focus on what we’re doing and get those bits right.”
While Low wants to see a different side of his team following the opening day loss, College chairman Martin Peaple is after more of the same after a promising display against Reading.
“The intensity we played at was outstanding and the lads did everything we wanted them to do and we were extremely unlucky not to secure the draw,” he said.
“We played really well and we are all pretty happy, and I know Bassett struggled against High Wycombe but you have to remember they just came down.
“We don’t really want to gauge exactly where we are until Christmas really but this game with Bassett will be a pretty good benchmark because they’ve been consistent in this league for a number of years.
“If we can maintain the intensity we had last Saturday it should be a very close game and a good one to watch.
“They will be looking for their first points of the season, and we want our first win after getting a losing bonus, and we are looking towards a win based on how we played last week and during pre-season.”
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