TROWBRIDGE could secure their South West One (East) status this weekend with a win at Banbury, but coach Dan Jeffries wants to see a complete performance over 80 minutes before anything else.

Jeffries’ men sit 11 points clear of third from bottom Witney with three games remaining, meaning Trowbridge could still mathematically confirm their survival this weekend if their Oxfordshire rivals fail to pick up any points at home to Wimborne.

Surviving the drop would accomplish goals set during pre-season for Jeffries, whose side are experiencing their first season in the second tier of regional rugby following promotion from Southern Counties South last year.

Despite having the sixth best points difference total (-7) in the 14-team division, moments of lost concentration have ultimately cost Trowbridge points throughout the season.

And Jeffries wants his men to right their biggest wrong when facing promotion hopefuls Banbury on Saturday (2.30pm).

Jeffries said: “We have learnt a lot across the season, we haven’t quite got to grips with playing for a full 80 minutes.

“What we have learnt over time is our ability to make better decisions – how to deal with the intensity of this league.

“Job one was simply to keep ourselves in the league, and it looks like we will be successful in achieving that – I hope.

“We’ve been very close to the top teams – Newbury and Old Centralians.

“As we grow and mature, I feel there is a lot to offer in this team.”

Banbury sit four points short of second placed Old Centralians, and know a win is required to keep their realistic hopes of promotion via the play-offs alive.

Having beat Jeffries’ men 14-27 earlier this year, the Trowbridge coach knows performing at a high intensity is key if any points are going to be secured.

He added: “Banbury are one of the best sides in the league, our defeat against them at home is about one of the biggest losses we’ve had all season.

“They can be really physical, and their backs are very dangerous. Their 10 used to be a professional, and is now a coach for Oxfordshire.

“He can really control the game well – controlling that will be key for us in terms of how the game ends.

“Witney need to go to Wimborne and win to keep themselves in the mix, it’s a matter of us going there and playing how we know we can.

“If we don’t pick up points, we make sure we learn from it and beat Beaconsfield at home who we beat earlier this season to get the job done.”