HELLENIC LEAGUE: Wootton Bassett boss ignoring the league table

This Is Wiltshire: Wootton Bassett boss Dave Turner Wootton Bassett boss Dave Turner

WOOTTON Bassett might be near-enough in the driving seat in Division One West, but boss Dave Turner insists he is not reading much into the league table.

Bassett are currently second in the standings behind Brimscombe & Thrupp, and would go three points clear if they won their games in hand.

With a full squad for tomorrow’s derby with Fairford, Bassett manager Turner says it’s a case of one game at a time at present.

“I honestly haven’t looked at that and that’s not the message at the moment,” he said.

“We aren’t excited about where we are in this league. It’s just about keeping the form going that we’ve produced for the last nine games.

“If we’re in the top three or four come February then I will start taking notice, but at this stage if you lose three or four games you’re in midtable.

“We back ourselves 100 per cent but we’ve only done it for nine games.

“Fairford are flying at the moment and they were a decent side when we played them at their place.

“We know we’ll have to be on form to get anything because like us they have improved as the season has gone on.”

Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite is without Forest Green loan keeper Rob Brown, who has broken his ankle, while Ash Taylor is still not fit.

Dan Drewett and Nathan Gambling will also not be available for tomorrow’s game, ahead of which Braithwaite has paid tribute to Bassett’s strength.

He said: “Bassett are probably the most experienced team in the league when you look at the players they have got - the likes of Steve Yeardley and Matt Bennett who have played at Highworth.

“I’d expect them to be doing what they are doing at the moment and they are the sort of team we can learn from.”

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