HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts has been forced to shuffle his pack as he attempts to avoid a third straight defeat in Southern League Division One South on Saturday.

Defender Rory Sproule and striker TJ Bohane suffered a fractured eye socket and broken ankle respectively in last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Yate Town and will not play again this season.

Roberts has acted swiftly by bringing in Zak Westlake from Swindon Supermarine and Slimbridge’s Yeshaya Lomotey, with the duo in contention to make their debuts in tomorrow’s trip to Bideford.

Roberts said: “We’ve got maybe four or five out this weekend and it’s tough to lose guys like Rory and TJ because they are big players for us. They are both out for the rest of the season, which is a real blow.

“We’ve managed to bring a couple in, so hopefully they can do well.

“Zak wasn’t getting as many games as he would like at Supermarine but he is a good player. I think he will go straight into the team.”

The Worthians’ loss to Yate made it defeats on consecutive weekends against the division’s top two sides, with Roberts’ men falling to leaders Blackfield & Langley before that.

Highworth did lead 1-0 at half-time against Yate, however, which meant Roberts was not too downbeat about the result.

“I thought we controlled the first half and we even had a couple of other chances to go further in front,” said Roberts.

“Then the injuries happened and we had to change things around and Yate came back at us.

“I didn’t think it was a 4-1 game and I was pleased how we were able to dictate passages of the play against one of the top sides in the division.”

This weekend’s opposition, Bideford, are out for a response themselves after being thumped 8-2 at Cirencester Town last time out.

Roberts was warned his troops to be wary of a resurgence in Devon.

“Obviously I don’t know if they had a few people out last weekend or if they are a side that don’t travel too well, but 8-2 is not good for anyone,” said Roberts.

“Their manager will want a reaction from his players and we have to make sure it is not against us. We will have to be on our game.”