HIGHWORTH Town co-manager Ross Adams rued an average performance as his side went down to a lacklustre defeat away to Moneyfields.

A defensive error cost Worthians a point in Portsmouth, as the hosts’ Connor Hoare took full advantage of a failure to clear lines for the only goal of the game.

The match was far from a classic, played out on a poor pitch, although Highworth were the dominant force in the first period without looking overtly threatening.

Aaron Maximen drew a save from the legs of the home stopper early in the second period and Edgey Mbunga went close with a free-kick, but eventually Moneyfields got the breakthrough.

“It was very frustrating to be honest. It was one of those games that had 0-0 written all over it,” Adams said.

“We said at half-time the only way someone was going to score was from a mistake. Unfortunately we were the side that made the mistake.

“There was very little in the game, I don’t think either keeper has really had a save to make throughout the 90 minutes.”

He added: “Certainly in one part of the pitch it was bordering on unplayable to be perfectly honest.

“If they’d have had any rain Saturday at all it would have been off.

“But it was the same for both teams to be honest. It didn’t make for a great spectacle to watch.”

The result leaves Highworth 13th in Division 1 South and without a win in their last five games.

Over the final eight games of the season, Adams wants to see more consistency from his men.

“Previously against Totton we’d played well and and Saturday we didn’t really turn up to be honest,” he said.

“That’s the frustrating thing because on our day we’re capable of matching most sides in this league.

“Then we tend to chuck in some very average performances now and again.

“It’s about trying to get a bit of consistency out of the lads at the moment which is what we’re struggling for.”

Nevertheless, Adams was happy to get game time back in his side’s legs on the back of a fortnight without action, owing to a rash of postponements due to the string of stormy weather.

“It’s obviously good to have a game on a Saturday, it’s been a little while,” he said.

“It was good to get back out there but at the same time when you come home with a 1-0 defeat you probably wasn’t on.

“You need to get these games played. Ideally we don’t want to be playing Saturday-midweek every week between now and the end of the season.

“You need to get them played sooner or later, and it was nice to have game on a Saturday for a change.”