ROSS Adams is adamant that Highworth Town played their poorest game against Basingstoke on Saturday, that’s despite earning an entertaining 4-2 win.

The win was a poignant one for the club given club legend Fred Harman sadly passed away in the week, and a one-minute silence was held before kick-off as a mark of respect.

Though six goals were scored, only one was registered in the first half. That came courtesy of Worthians’ Matt Grabe, who tapped home the hosts’ first goal after Ash Edenborough’s effort was parried.

Impact substitute George Hallahan notched a quick-fire brace to reverse Town’s one-goal lead into a deficit before the hour mark.

But a devastating 17-minute scoring spree – marked by goals for Callum Parsons, Edenborough and James Harrison – wrapped up three valuable points for Highworth.

Joint boss Adams said: “It was entertaining for the fans, but from our point of view it wasn’t one of our best games – probably the poorest we’ve played since myself and John (Fisher) joined.

“But, we’ve managed to get three points. We played a lot better last weekend and got nothing, this weekend is the reverse.

“I can’t argue too much. We had a bit of luck in the build up to our equalising goal, their ‘keeper dropped the ball and we were there to tap it in.

“Other than that, our other three goals were well taken.”

Victory lifted Highworth to 12th in Southern League Division One, and provided the club with a timely confidence boost ahead of a tricky midweek trip to Winchester on Tuesday night.

Basingstoke themselves are threatened by relegation this season, so picking up three points was deemed as vital by Adams in the build-up to kick off.

He added: “It was a game we were looking to pick three points from. Basingstoke are where they are for a reason, anything less than three points would’ve been massively disappointing for us.

“But, credit to the lads. Without playing well they’ve found a way to grind out a win. We were sloppy in possession of the ball in the first half, against the wind.

“I gave them the benefit of the doubt at half time because of the wind, which always makes it difficult. We were fairly happy to be a goal up, but we were as bad as we’ve been since myself and John joined during a 15-minute spell in the second – it wasn’t acceptable.

“The win is massively important.”