HIGHWORTH Town suffered a late collapse as a 2-2 draw turned into a 5-2 defeat against Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday.

Despite going ahead twice and controlling the majority of the second half, the Worthians were hit by three late goals, slipping down to 12th in Southern League Division One South in the process.

In increasingly difficult conditions at the Save on Tyres Stadium, Highworth faced a couple of waves of Farm pressure early on before taking the lead through Sam Morris.

Leon Morrison’s cross-field pass found Edji Mbunga and, after his initial shot led to a couple of ricochets in the box, Morris was left with a simple tap in.

But, less than a minute later, Farm hit straight back after a sharp passing move was smartly finished off by the Bristol striker.

Moments later, Mbunga missed a golden chance to put Highworth back ahead before Jacob Davidge’s header – which possibly should have been saved – found the corner of the net to put the home side 2-1 up.

But once again, Farm hit back instantly to square proceedings before half-time.

Darren Jeffries came on midway through the second half and almost instantly had an impact, curling a free-kick off the top of the bar as conditions often prevented both sides from creating a clear-cut chance in open play.

However, with seven minutes to go, an excellent late header served as the turning point in the game.

A defensive mix-up saw the hosts concede a fourth while a fifth goal was added by Farm with time expiring.

Town manager Roberts accepted mistakes from his youthful side are inevitable, but they must start learning from them after one point was sacrificed in the search for all three on home turf.

Roberts said: “I don’t think the scoreline reflected how we played today.

“We’ve gone 1-0 up and conceded within a minute, then we’ve got on top again, scored another goal and conceded straight away again.

“I thought we came out in the second half and, for the first 20 minutes, we dictated the game and we could have put the game away.

“But we’ve been beaten by a side today that was just more clinical than us.

“They’ve had maybe four or five shots in the second half and they’ve scored three of them.

“For me, it was just a bit of inexperience that has cost us. Sometimes, as much as we want to win every game at home, you’ve got to say a point is better than nothing.

“When we’re at 2-2, we don’t always need to go and chase the game, and when we did that late on, we’ve lost our shape and that’s ultimately hurt us.”