HIGHWORTH Town battled to a 2-0 victory against Slimbridge in joint-managers John Fisher and Ross Adams’ first home game in charge of the club.

Following the Worthians’ 0-0 draw with local rivals Cirencester Town in the pair’s opening game at the helm, Fisher and Adams oversaw another clean sheet against Slimbridge at the Save on Tyres Stadium.

Slimbridge started the brighter of the two teams but missed a pair of golden chances in the first half as the sides went in level at the break.

Highworth went ahead in the 58th minute as Ashley Edenborough tucked away a penalty before being replaced by second goalscorer Callum Parsons.

As Slimbridge searched for an equaliser late on, Parson netted in the 89th minute to seal the game in the hosts’ favour.

Reflecting on a scrappy win in his first game in co-charge, former reserve team boss Adams said: “It was nice to get the first win under our belts, but it wasn’t the greatest performance if we’re perfectly honest.

“But we’ve managed to grind out a 2-0 win, and we couldn’t have asked for much more than that.

“You’re not going to play well every week at this standard, so it’s important that when you don’t play well, you’re able to dig in and get a result.

“On the balance of play, we may not have deserved the win at the weekend, but it’s nice to come away with a win and a clean sheet.”

Highworth’s seventh win of the season has moved the club up to 11th place in Southern League Division One South – three points and three places behind Wiltshire rivals Melksham Town.

Adams says the new management have not set any targets for the players since arriving, but are keen to see a similar run of form to Richard Fey’s men and the Worthians pair are targeting a higher level of consistency from now until the end of the season.

Adams said: “We’ve got a good bunch of lads here – I’ve been involved with the club in different capacities for a while now and I’ve played with some of the first-team lads.

“So I know the group of players here and I know what they’re like.

“Me and John don’t want to change anything massively here between now and the end of the season – the lads we’ve got here are more than capable of playing at this level, so we’re just trying to get a bit of consistency out of them.

“It only takes two or three wins at this level to get yourself up the table.”