HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts felt his side were worthy of a point as they lost a 3-2 thriller away at Wiltshire rivals Melksham Town in Southern League Division One South.

As blustery conditions took hold all across the county, Melksham raced into a 2-0 lead in the first-half courtesy of goals from Neikell Plummer and Mark Cooper.

Callum Parsons pulled one back for Highworth early in the second, however, Cooper restored the two-goal cushion for Melksham.

Jordan Young made it two goals in two games for Highworth late on, but Roberts’ side were unable to salvage a point he felt they deserved.

Roberts said: “In the first half, going with the wind, we played some good football in patches, but we dwelled in possession a little bit and we conceded two goals.

“For the second goal, Ryan Morgan’s decision making has been slow and a bit hesitant on the ball and we’ve been caught out. Then we’ve conceded again going into half-time.

“But we had some chances, we opened them up a little bit – we hit the bar and Jordan Young had a good opportunity.

“I told the lads at half-time that if we had a bit more grit and aggression about us, then we could get back in the game, which we did.”

The loss further extended Highworth’s recent poor record as – aside from the narrow 1-0 win over Paulton Rovers – they have been beaten in six of their previous seven games.

Roberts insisted that his side’s overall performance deserved more than what they got and was left disappointed with the lack of a cutting edge.

He said: “We came out in the second half and played some really good football.

“We linked up well and got that first goal and put Melksham under the cosh a little bit.

“Then they scored against the run of play – it was a decent strike, but it was far too easy.

“That goal took the wind out of our sails and our game dropped a bit, but in the last 10 minutes or so, we upped our game again and thoroughly deserved our second goal.

“I think we deserved a point. We must have had about 80 per cent of the ball, but it’s about putting the ball in the net and we didn’t do that as well as them.”