HIGHWORTH Town boss Jeff Roberts is not expecting a repeat of his side’s comfortable early-season win over Thatcham when the two sides meet again on Saturday.

Callum Parsons scored a hat-trick when Highworth secured a convincing 5-0 victory over Thatcham back in September, although Roberts does not foresee a similar result this time around.

With the two Town outfits separated by just a point in a log-jam of clubs in mid-table, a win for either side would give them a welcome boost upwards towards the play-off chasers.

Roberts believes Thatcham will be a different animal this weekend and likened the Berkshire side to his own team, due to their up and down form so far this season.

He said: “Last time we played them, everything we hit went in and we played well that day. We totally dominated the game and scored some very good goals, but it was possibly just one of those where we dominated them and they had a bad day.

“They’ve picked up some good results recently, they beat Totton 3-0 and they won at Barnstaple on Saturday, so I think they’re similar to us – a bit up and down.

“I’m expecting a lot more difficult game on Saturday, the drubbing that we gave them last time out, they’re going to remember that and come out this time to have a go at us.

“We’re on a good little run at the moment with three wins and two clean sheets, so as long as the players turn up and they give us 100 per cent, then it will be a good competitive game.”

Three consecutive wins, combined with two clean sheets, have given the Worthians a new lease of life in 2019 and Roberts feels he is now able to look up rather than down.

The Highworth boss is still targeting a top-ten finish and knows that as long as his side continue to pick up points, they will be well on their way to achieving their goal.

He said: “A win on Saturday would be massive for the club. Our initial objective was to stay in the league, but we’ve always got high expectations and we want to finish as high up the table as we can.

“If we can get three points, then it will keep us nearer that little back at the top.

“There’s not a lot of points between quite a few sides, so if we pick up a couple of wins and some teams just above us got beat, we’d be fifth or sixth.

“We’ll go there trying to win the game and hopefully we’ll be at our best.”