JOHN Fisher earned Highworth Town a point from their New Year’s Day trip to Cirencester on Wednesday – a game that marked the joint boss’ first game in charge for over three-and-a-half years.

Both teams played out a stalemate goalless draw at the Corinium Stadium, though the Worthians were unlucky not to snatch two more after two reasonable penalty shouts were turned down while a first half one-on-one effort crashed against the bar.

Fisher was encouraged by the point his players earned against their Gloucestershire neighbours as the club moved onto 23 points from 19 games.

A re-group will be required, though, as Fisher – in company with co-boss Ross Adams – welcomes in-form Slimbridge to the Save on Tyres Stadium this Saturday.

Fisher added: “I felt Cirencester started quite fast, but we got ourselves back into the game though they edged parts of it.

“We had two decent penalty appeals turned down, and we hit the bar. So, we had the better chances.

“For me, the pleasing element was players worked to our game plan as best they could and we stopped Cirencester from scoring.

“I want my players to keep clean sheets, and I reminded them of that before the game. I would’ve taken a point before the game – artificial pitches always help the home team.

“All players worked hard, so it’s onwards and upwards.”

Worthians’ co-boss confirmed after the game that former assistant Kevin Maloney had also returned to the club.

Maloney will act as Town’s third pair of eyes on the touchline for the remainder of the season.