HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts saluted his side after they claimed a routine win over Fairford Town to return to the top of the Hellenic League Premier Division table.

The Worthians got off to a flying start with their opening goal coming with just 24 seconds on the clock.

They only had to wait a little while before their second, with Ash Edenborough notching just under 10 minutes after the restart.

Conor Lynch got one back for Jody Bevan’s troops on the hour mark, but then watched the hosts restore their two-goal cushion three minutes later when Rory Sproule found the back of the net.

With less than 20 minutes to go, both sides were reduced to 10 men as Edenborough and Steve Hall were both shown red cards.

Roberts was pleased with the display, especially after his side’s fixture list had been disrupted by the weather throughout January.

“It’s always good to get a result against Fairford and we started very quickly which is good because we haven’t played a lot in January,” said Roberts.

“It was good to score early on because it settles the temperature down a little bit, but I thought we could have done with being a bit more direct.

“Connor Waldon has come in for us. He looked good so hopefully he will be able to get his sharpness and his fitness back.

“His movement with Edenborough was very good and the two players in midfield linked very well with them.

“It was an important win because it takes us back to the top of the table, we just need to be a bit more attacking minded now.

“It was very vital to get three points because it put the pressure back on Thatcham, I know they have a game in hand but they are still chasing us.”

Highworth are back in action during the week, where they hope it will be third time lucky for their Floodlit Cup clash with Royal Wootton Bassett which has been postponed on two occasions.

Bassett were beaten 3-1 at home by Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday, their only goal coming from Lewis Waldon.

In the Hellenic League Division One West, Shrivenham had their game postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, while New College were without a game.

Shrivenham are back at it next week when they host Shortwood United Reserves, while New College travel to Kidlington Reserves this evening.