HIGHWORTH Town manager Jeff Roberts was pleased with the resilience his side showed in grinding out a 1-0 win away at Southern League Division One South strugglers Willand Rovers on Saturday.

Willand, who are winless since being promoted from the Toolstation League, caused Highworth plenty of problems throughout proceedings, but Steve Robertson’s first-half strike secured the points for the visitors.

Roberts’ side did not let the four-hour trip to Devon slow them at all early on, but the Town manager did feel a combination of three games in eight days as well as the mammoth drive might have had an impact in the end.

Roberts said: “We set up in a 4-4-2 and it gave us a little bit more up top.

“In the first 20 or 25 minutes, we really got our game going and we got at Willand really well.

“We got around the back of them and had a few opportunities, but then we took our foot off the pedal a little bit and we looked a bit sloppy in some of our play, but we sneaked a goal and it was a different game in the second half.

“They put pressure on us, but we stayed firm and got the result.”

Roberts paid tribute to the performance of his youthful back-line at Willand, praising them for remaining concentrated for the entire 90 minutes.

The Town manager did admit that their hosts probably deserved a point for their efforts, but felt things had already evened themselves out after Highworth conceded a late goal against Cirencester Town on Monday.

Roberts said: “We showed resilience in our game to dig out a 1-0 win.

“Overall, Willand possibly deserved a point, but it was no difference to us against Cirencester.

“Our back four is a bit more consistent now, even with the age of it. The oldest player is 22, so we’re very inexperienced, but they’re doing well.

“To go away, keep a clean sheet and get three points is always good."