HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts is eyeing a final parcel of points before the new year begins as his side prepare to consolidate their mid-table position in the new year.

Heading into their Southern League Division One South clash away at Paulton Rovers on Saturday, Roberts’ men are ninth and could move within four points of their hosts with victory.

Highworth were minutes away from victory in last season’s meeting before a misjudgement from goalkeeper Connor Johns allowed the home side to snatch a point.

Despite not scoring in their previous three games in all competitions, Roberts is looking to accumulate another point or three when visiting the Somerset side this weekend.

Roberts said: “For us, it’s another big club to deal with – in terms of stature and size of the team.

“When we went down their last season, we were winning 2-1 and we conceded really late to settle for a point.

“They have brought a few players in recently and they’re on a good run, so it will be a tough one for us.

“But we’re in a good place ahead of Christmas – better than we were last year – although we’ve got some tough games coming up.

“If we can keep chipping away and getting points through this period between now and the new year, it will leave us in a very good position.”

Central to Highworth’s recent troubles in front of goal has been their inability to hold the ball up in the final third, according to their manager.

Roberts pointed to Bideford as a prime example of how a team can frustrate their opposition by keeping the ball, even if no chances are created.

The two shared a 0-0 draw in Highworth’s most recent fixture, despite the visitors being much the better side, in the opinion of Roberts.

The Worthians chief, therefore, believes a new signing or two may work in his side’s favour as Highworth aim to adapt to the long-ball game if and when necessary.

Roberts said: “I still think we need a couple more players in order to get to where we need to be and stay competitive.

“Up top, we’re a bit lightweight. Last weekend against Bideford, we defended well, but we couldn’t make the ball stick.

“Paulton will be the same as Bideford. They will get it forward quickly and play from there.

“If we can, we’ll try and play football. My only concern is that we haven’t been keeping hold of the ball well enough in forward areas.

“It’s hard when you’re playing against sides that pump it forward quickly because it bypasses the midfield when you’re trying to get it down and play.”