HIGHWORTH Town boss Jeff Roberts admits tonight’s Hellenic League Floodlit Cup tie against local rivals Royal Wootton Bassett Town is towards the bottom of his priority list as he looks ahead to a potentially pivotal few weeks.

The Worthians host their rivals in a third-round tie at The Elms this evening (7.45pm), but the Highworth chief admits their focus is largely on more crucial league battles to come.

Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 home draw with basement boys Burnham left Town nine points clear at the top of the table but second-placed Thatcham, who they host on January 24, do have two games in hand.

Throw in visits of mid-table Abingdon United and top-five outfit Flackwell Heath before the month is out and Roberts is aware his side could take giant strides towards their title goal.

“We had a massive chat after (the Burnham draw) and said it was a massive blow to us,’’ said Roberts.

“I know we’re quite a few points clear but against sides like that we have to dictate and finish the game in the first 45 minutes.

“We’re going to leave a few out (against Bassett). We’ll play half the reserve team and half the first team that needs a bit of fitness.

“It’s not our priority and we’ve got a tough month because we’ve got Abingdon, who we drew with there earlier in the season, and then we’ve got Thatcham and Flackwell.

“It’s massive for us to up our game in those games a little bit and not get any injuries. So we’ll give some game time to players that haven’t had much.

“We’ve got 11 (league) games to go and I think we’ve got the hardest run-in. It’s down to us and it’s in our hands. If we can beat Thatcham and continue trying to pick up points from the other games we should have it (the Premier title).’’

Highworth have had the upper hand on Bassett this season, with two league victories and a Wiltshire Senior Cup success, while Bassett are looking to get beyond the third round of the Floodlit Cup for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.