HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts said he was pleased to see his side grind out a result after they drew 2-2 against promotion chasers Evesham United away from home.

Roberts’ side took the lead in Worcestershire through left-back Ryan Morgan – a scoreline that remained until the break – before the hosts turned the game on its head with a goal just after half-time and another with 20 minutes to go.

Evesham’s lead lasted just three minutes however, as Jacob Davidge calmly dispatched from the penalty spot.

Roberts was delighted to see his team heed his pre-match words about keeping their shape and working hard in order to take what he called a deserved point from The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.

The Worthians manager said: “We had a bit of grittiness about us that hasn’t been there often enough lately.

“We started a bit slowly, but we got a foothold in the game and we played some really nice football.

“We created quite a few opportunities, we’ve hit the post and we could have even gone in 2-0 up.

“After the first 10 or 15 minutes, I felt we really got on top of the game, but not taking our chances though has been our biggest downfall so far this season.

“They came out and hit us hard in the second half, but to come back and take a point showed we have a lot of character about us.”

Following the departure of another couple of players during the week in Sean Wood and Darren Jeffries, Roberts was forced to shuffle his park once again for the trip to Evesham.

Two 18-year-olds played in defence for the Worthians, and they showed tremendous character to give their team confidence further forward, according to Roberts.

He said: “There have been games where we’ve gone behind and our heads have gone down, so to have that grit and determination in our performance today was pleasing.

“Today was about keeping our shape and trying to have a bit of a go at them, and I thought we did that.

“We had two 18-year-olds in the back four again and I thought they did well.

“Overall, we did well as a side and it proved my point that we don’t always need to be pretty. We can grind out a result when we need to.”