HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts says his side are ready to face familiar foes in Windsor in their FA Cup extra preliminary round.

The game is the first fixture of the season for the Worthians, who were promoted to the Southern League at the end of the last campaign.

Pre-season has been less than ideal for the Highworth boss, who admits he hasn’t been able to get his full quota of players in to train at the same time due to other commitments.

However, Roberts says his side are ready to give it a go even though they are a few players light for Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend, we are heading straight into the FA Cup,” he said.

“Windsor are obviously in the Hellenic League Premier Division so I have been watching them recently and took in a bit of information about them.

“I watched them against Shrivenham on Tuesday night so it should be interesting.

“We have a few players out, it’s not been a disappointing pre-season for us but it is a shame we couldn’t get all of the players in altogether.

“With people going on holiday we have had some go away, come back and then had some more go away and then come back.

“It’s been a mixed pre-season but it’s let me look at other players.”

Having faced Windsor as recently as last season, Roberts believes his troops are well briefed on what to expect.

“We are near enough happy with what we have got, we just need to strengthen the squad a little bit,” he added.

“It will be a good game to get our team together in and go on from there.

“As I said, I watched them against Shrivenham and it wasn’t the best of games to be honest.

“Shrivenham have a lot to learn obviously coming up from Division One, not a lot of their players are up to Premier Division (standard).

“The difference is when you go up you have got to have strikers who take their chances.

“Players are a lot sharper and that is no different to us going up to the Southern League.

“We have to get used to that quickly but the advantage we have is that we’ve got a lot of players who have Southern league experience, so they know what it is about because they’ve been there before.

“Once we get everyone together, we can see where we are at.

“The majority of our team are back for the weekend so we can see how we go.

“I thought Windsor looked okay, I’m quite confident we should come away with a win.”