HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts wants his side to raise their game for the visit of Moneyfields on Saturday.

Roberts accused his team of saving their best performances for the teams fighting it out at the top while struggling to meet those same levels of performance when facing teams below the Worthians in the table.

Moneyfields, incidentally, sit two places below Highworth in Southern League Division One South and like Roberts’ side, are struggling for consistency in results.

But after an encouraging performance and point away at Evesham Town last week, Roberts is hoping his side can pick up from where they left off when they return to home turf on Saturday.

He said: “Moneyfields are quite a good side, we know that.

“It’ll be another tough fixture for us, so we need to do what we do against the better sides in the division and raise our game.

“We seem to be a bit more reluctant to do that against teams that are struggling.

“We’ll have to see how our pitch copes with all this weather too – we seem to struggle at home anyway, so this won’t help.

“But we’ve got to continue playing the way we did last week against Evesham, and if we can get the three points, that will keep us in touching distance of the main pack.”

After a 14th-place finish last term, Roberts has targeted another year of progression for Highworth with an almost completely different set of players.

With a vast number of experienced squad members no longer available to him, Roberts admitted he had been surprised how well the new-look squad had started the season.

However, the Worthians chief was quick to praise the endeavour of his youthful squad and said their application was the sole reason behind such a positive start.

Roberts said: “Last year was about trying to stabilise ourselves in the league.

“We had a lot of experienced players in this division last year, but a lot of them have gone now.

“With the finances of the club, we’ve had to cut back on money this time around when signing new players.

“We’ve got a very young side now, but they’re still very good players. We just have to be patient with them.

“Overall, I would say we’re doing better than I anticipated with what we’ve got.

“But that’s down to the hard work of the players.”