HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts says the return of some key players will hopefully aid his side in arresting their poor run of form as they welcome Paulton Rovers on Saturday.

Highworth continued their intermediate form with a fourth consecutive loss on Wednesday as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 at home by Winchester City.

Town have followed a similar pattern of form all year – going on four-game winning and then losing runs – with Roberts bemoaning the sheer number of injuries as a significant factor behind his team being unable to put together a consistent run of form.

But even with two of his first-choice back four available again, Roberts says injuries have blighted the club’s first season at this level and with another pre-season under the belt, along with a year’s worth of football schooling, the Town chief believes next year will bring more positive results.

He said: “We’ve got Ryan Morgan back after his two-game ban and Jon Else is back after his wife had a baby, so it gives us a little more strength which is much needed.

“Both our strikers are out injured, so that gives us a bit of a problem, but we’re just going to have to grin and bear it with what we’ve got now until the end of the season.

“We’ll try and pick up as many points as we can in March and April and see where that takes us.

“This season has been a learning curve for us all, as I’ve said before, and we feel like we’ve got a good insight of the league now.

“We know what we can improve on for next season now and we’ve already started looking at some targets so that we can get ahead of that in the summer.”

Despite the downbeat mood around the club regarding results of late, Roberts fancies his side may be able to turn it around on Saturday as they host struggling Paulton.

Rovers, who have only won three of their previous 13 games, could be the perfect tonic to settle Highworth worries, according to manager Roberts.

He said: “This game is one that we’ll look at trying to take three points from, especially as they’re struggling and we’re at home.

“With Ryan and Jon coming back in, it will make us a bit stronger at the back.

“I think we’ve been conceding too many sloppy goals recently and that’s mostly down to poor man marking, so it’s one of those games that we have to look at trying to win.”