HIGHWORTH Town co-manager Ross Adams says his team must improve from Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Basingstoke Town if the Worthians are to repeat the trick against Winchester City tonight.

Adams and John Fisher’s men put four goals past a struggling Basingstoke team at the weekend to scoop the new management team’s second win since taking charge at the start of the year.

Those three points moved Highworth onto 29 points from their 23 matches – some 12 points fewer than tonight’s hosts having played a game more.

But despite an excellent result on Saturday, travelling down promotion-chasers Winchester will be a vastly more difficult task in Adams’ eyes, and a huge improvement all-around is needed if the Worthians are not to waste their trip.

Not to mention, Highworth succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at home to Winchester less than three weeks ago.

Full of praise for tonight’s hosts, Adams is calling on his players to kick it up a notch for tonight’s Southern League Division One South encounter.

He said: “We only played Winchester a couple of weeks ago, and they were the best team we have played since myself and John (Fisher) joined the club.

“They’re dangerous going forward and have the ability to score a lot of goals, so we know it’s going to be a tough one tonight unless we are completely 100 per cent at it.

“It’s going to be a tough game to get any points from, but if we play as well as we know the team is capable of then there’s no reason why we can’t pick up a result.

“But, we must improve from Saturday. It will be hard work if we don’t.”

Since taking charge of the club, Adams and Fisher have overseen a dramatic upturn in performance from the club’s defence.

A miserly six goals have found the back of Connor Johns’ net in the previous five fixtures, though keeping goals out has not been the most concerning issue for Adams.

The co-manager says there is enough firepower to score more goals at the club, but those forwards must start taking their chances if an unlikely shot at a play-off place is to come to fruition.

Adams said: “We can’t afford to give the ball away as much as we did on Saturday (against Basingstoke).

“We need to keep the ball a lot better and for longer periods too. We’ve struggled up until Saturday to score goals as well.

“It’s okay scoring four against a team like Basingstoke at the bottom half of the table. But we need to be scoring a few against teams higher up.

“If we can score goals, then we stand a chance because the defence has been fairly solid.”