HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts is after a fast start from his side this weekend as they welcome Street to the Save on Tyres Stadium in Southern League Division One South.

Town will look to build on the 4-0 demolition of Slimbridge in their previous home game last weekend where they were 2-0 up inside seven minutes and kept their first clean sheet in eight games.

The Worthians will be without several first-team players for Saturday’s game as Leon Morrison, Wayne Turk and Jon Else are unavailable, while Toumani Sidibi completes his two-game suspension.

Roberts was delighted with his side’s performance last time out and is hoping for a repeat on Saturday, but the Town chief knows his side must come out firing from the off if they are to get the better of a physical Street outfit.

He said: “We’ve scored eight goals in the last two games and it was good to get a clean sheet last weekend, especially with the players we had missing.

“Ash Edenborough and Chris Taylor are back this week, but we’re without six others. That leaves us very thin on the ground. We just need to carry on from where we left off.

“When we went down to Street at the start of the season, I found them to be a very good side – very physical, very strong and direct, so it will be another typical Southern League contest.

“They’ve been a bit hit and miss, but it will be tough. We’ve just got to go out and get straight at them.”

Since mid-September, Highworth have developed something of a Jekyll and Hyde run of results as they went six games without a win, then five games unbeaten before a four-game winless run preceded their current two-game win streak.

Roberts feels these kinds of patterns are to be expected from a young team that are experiencing this level of football for the first time.

He said: “If you look at our form, we seem to go on a pattern of five games unbeaten and then we have a bad run and then we have another good run again.

“Hopefully, we’re in the middle of a spell where we’ll go on to pick up a few more points and a few more wins.

“This year is a massive learning curve for us as a club. If we can stay where we are or even progress up the league – if we can get into the top 10, then I think it will be a great season for the football club.”