HIGH flying Slimbridge will be wanting to record a fifth straight Southern League victory on Saturday, though they will have to outwit a galvanised Highworth Town squad boosted by John Fisher’s return.

Fisher will take charge of his first game at the Save on Tyres Stadium in almost four years this weekend after his shock return to the touchline was confirmed following predecessor Jeff Roberts’ decision to resign.

The veteran co-boss watched Town register a solid New Year’s Day point at Cirencester on Wednesday with support in the dugout from Ross Adams and Kevin Maloney.

Fisher revealed after Worthians’ trip to the Corinium Stadium that he sees no reason why he should chop and change the squad currently available to his disposal - suggesting fans should expect little transfer activity in the wake of his arrival.

He was instead encouraged by players’ willingness to commit to the club’s new philosophies, and therefore sees no reason why Slimbridge’s winning run cannot be ended.

“It’s a bit new to me, I’m not sure how Slimbridge are doing,” said Fisher.

“But if we continue to do what we are doing then we stand a chance. It’s not like I’ve entered a team where five or six changes are necessary – far from that.

“Players need a bit of guidance, and after that we’ll be okay. I’ve always been a great believer that it is about what we do, not what the opposition do.

“If they’ve got a certain player that can play well, of course you will have to identify that and nullify the threat.

“But I’ve always been a big manager in terms of worrying about what we are doing and not about the XI in front of us.”

On a personal note, Worthians’ new co-boss admitted to holding a few pre-match nerves ahead of Wednesday’s kick off.

But after the opening phases, Fisher’s nerves settled and he relished being back in territory that he became familiar too during his previous spell as a manager at various clubs.

He added: “It was strange, I was a bit nervous to start with.

“But once I got back into it, it was like I had never been away. Myself, Ross (Adams) and Kevin (Maloney) are in place now so things are looking promising.”