HIGHWORTH Town manager John Fisher believes all the pressure is on Melksham Town ahead of their hotly-anticipated Wiltshire derby on Saturday.

Richard Fey’s men produced an utterly dominant display back in September at the Save on Tyres Stadium as they ran out 3-0 winners over former manager Jeff Roberts’ side.

Much has changed since that day, including a change of stewardship at Highworth and a spectacular eight-game winning run by Melksham to kickstart their flailing season.

However, now under the control of co-managers John Fisher and Ross Adams, the Worthians have shown signs of brightness in recent weeks and the former is confident Highworth can gain revenge for their early-season hammering on home turf.

Fisher said: “From what I’ve seen of us, the lads are capable of competing with anyone in this league.

“Melksham are expecting to beat us on Saturday, as is everybody else I would imagine, but I believe that if our lads produce what we know they’re capable of, then we can come out with a win.

“It will be tough, make no bones about it, but I believe in the boys.”

Melksham have not lost in Southern League Division One South for over three months now, but that statistic did not worry Fisher, who said his players must focus on their own requirements first.

He said: “It would be nice for us to take their long winning run away from them, but we want a win to help kick on a bit.

“We got beaten last week, and deservedly so, so I’m looking for a better performance this week at least.

“If we come away with a point, that might not be a bad thing because they have got to be favourites to beat us with how well they’re doing and where we are.”