Preseason set to kick into full swing

Friday 14th June 2024

Preparations for the 2024-25 season are now set to be fully underway with both Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Men's and Women's First Team sides and the Men's Development team beginning training in June.

The Women's First Team reported back on Thursday 13 June, while the Men's First and Development sides begin training on Tuesday 25 June.

The Men's teams will then be training every Tuesday and Thursday up until the start of the Hellenic League and Wiltshire League seasons.

All sessions take place at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground from 7.30pm. All players - returning and new - are welcome to attend.

Meanwhile the Women's First Team are training every Thursday night at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground from 8pm.

Again, all players - returning and new - are welcome to attend.

In addition to training, all three teams have exciting series of friendly fixtures lined up.

A preview for each team is available below, with details of each fixture also listed on the relevant team pages of the website.

Please note fixtures and kick off times are liable to change at short notice.

Men's First Team

Sam Collier's side face a tough set of six friendly fixtures before they embark on their new Hellenic League Premier Division campaign.

Bassett get underway with a visit to North Leigh. The first of three games against step four sides, that fixture takes place on Friday 5 July (7.30pm kick off).

Four days later Bassett welcome Wantage Town, who will play in Hellenic League Division One after suffering relegation in 2023-24 (Gerard Buxton Sports Ground AGP, 8pm).

Bassett then face a pair of former Hellenic League Premier Division rivals who in recent seasons have been plying their trade in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North.

On Saturday 13 July Bassett travel to Flackwell Heath (2pm kick off). The Heathens were champions last season and will kick off 2024-25 in Southern League Division One Central.

Then on Saturday 20 July Collier's team visit Reading City (2pm kick off), who - like Bassett - came up short in the promotion playoffs at the end of last season.

Bassett's penultimate fixture sees a midweek journey to last season's Wiltshire League Premier Division runners-up Kintbury Rangers on Tuesday 23 July (7.30pm).

Bassett's final tune up before the big kick off then sees Southern League Division One South Westbury United visit the Sustain Stadium on Saturday 27 July (2pm).

Women's First Team

The Women's First Team have five games - all against higher level opposition - ahead of the start of their South West Regional Women's Football League Division One North campaign in early September.

Their series of games begins on Sunday 28 July with a trip to take on Cardiff Met - a contest that represents the chance for Bassett to test themselves against a team playing in the top tier of Welsh football.

A week later Adam Wood's side welcome last season's North Division champions AEK Boco (Sunday 4 August, 2pm) before the visit of Frampton Rangers - another tier five side on Sunday 11 August (also 2pm).

Bassett's penultimate friendly is away at Wiltshire rivals Warminster Town (Sunday 18 August, 2pm).

Their final fixture is then at home to Forest Green Rovers on Sunday 25 August (2pm).

Men's Development Team

Building up to the start of the Wiltshire League Premier Division campaign, the Development team open their series of friendlies on Tuesday 2 July at home against Hellenic League Division One Abingdon United (8.15pm kick off).

Mark Simpkins' team then welcome Park United - who will be league rivals this season after earning promotion - on Saturday 13 July (3pm).

A local derby away against Purton on Tuesday 16 July (6.30pm) is then followed by a home contest against Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Bibury on Tuesday 18 July (7pm).

Gloucestershire County League Chalford are the visitors on Tuesday 23 July (8.15pm) before a final friendly away against Devizes Town Reserves on Saturday 27 July (3pm).

Last modified on Saturday 15th June 2024 at 19:35.