HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts lamented a poor second-half showing from his side after they were felled 3-1 away at Paulton Rovers in Southern League Division One South.

Behind at the break, Roberts felt his side played well for the opening 45 minutes despite letting in two goals that were ‘carbon copies’ of each other in the eyes of the Worthians boss.

In a franetic first half, Marcus Day put the home side ahead before Jacob Davidge equalised for Highworth.

Moments later though, Paulton went straight down the other end produced a similar second goal to restore their lead – this time Ben Bament applied the finishing touch.

And it was three in the second half when Ali Sen – who replaced double assist maker Ed Butcher – notched the hosts’ third goal.

Roberts was at a loss to explain what happened to his side after the break and admitted Paulton’s quality probably shone through in the end.

He said: “In the first half, I thought we played some really good football, especially in spite of the conditions.

“We got the ball down really well and linked up well too. But they’ve scored two goals that are literally carbon copies of each other.

“The ball has come in from the left through a decent cross and they’ve scored twice from that, so that was disappointing.

“But our second-half performance was disappointing because we didn’t go about things the way we did in the first.

“They’re a good side, but we just couldn’t get anything going in the second half.”

With a large percentage of players under 23 in his squad, Roberts has often bemoaned a lack of experience throughout the team as one of Highworth’s biggest downfalls.

However, the Worthians chief insisted inexperience was not the issue this time – instead it was simply that his two 20-year-old strikers wanted too much time on the ball when half-chances presented themselves.

Roberts said: “I don’t think (the defeat) was down to inexperience, I just felt we didn’t make the right decisions up top.

“In defence and midfield, I think we can compete with most sides, but up front we just seem to want that perfect shot.

“Most strikers at this level know you don’t have that time – once they drop their shoulder, they get their shot off.

“But we’ve got two 20-year-olds up front and we just want that second and third touch just to line up the ball.

“We need to be more decisive in front of goal.”

Elsewhere in the Southern League, Swindon Supermarine saw their game away at Chesham United postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.