JEFF Roberts believes his Highworth Town side are reaping the benefits of sharpening up at either end of the pitch as they look to make it three wins in a row in Southern League Division One South on Saturday.

The Worthians were 3-1 winners at home to Wiltshire rivals Melksham Town last weekend, having won 2-1 at Bristol Manor Farm before that, and now travel to lowly Mangotsfield United tomorrow.

Before those back-to-back success, Highworth had won just once in their previous 10 games in all competitions, which included a five-match winless run before the victory over Manor Farm.

With Mangotsfield currently only above the relegation zone on goal difference, the Worthians could well extend their good form – although boss Roberts does not think his side are in for a straightforward afternoon.

“I we unlucky in that tricky run as there were games we should have won, but we are being a bit more ruthless now and our defending has been a bit tighter,” said Roberts.

“We can’t grumble with how things are going at the moment. We are on 20 points now and we are up in the pack – hopefully we can get another three at Mangotsfield.

“I have looked at their recent results and a few weeks ago they drew at Bideford, who I thought were a decent side going forwards.

“They will be no mugs and most people would say they are in a false position down there.

“It seems to be the odd goal that they are getting beaten by, so what we don’t want to do is give them opportunities in front of goal, while making sure we take the opportunities we have.”

Highworth’s recent upturn in fortunes has fired them up to seventh in the table and they are only one point shy of the play-off positions.

Roberts believes the turnaround is down to being able to field a more consistent team selection.

“We brought Sam Morris in recently, which has given us a bit more bite in midfield, and Ryan Morgan has come back from injury and Toumani Sidibe is back from a three-game suspension too,” said Roberts.

“That’s given us three players who would potentially start week in, week out, so we are starting to get the squad back to what we want, and it’s given us that stability we had at the start of the season.

“We are still making the same silly mistakes, which we need to rectify, but we’re happy with how things are overall as the last two results have kept us in the top half of the table.”