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Lucky Charm Not Required - 13 October

Jeff Roberts won’t be reaching for his four-leaf clover or lucky rabbit’s foot when he takes his Highworth Town side to local rivals Fairford Town tomorrow. Reports the Swindon Advertiser.

The table-topping Worthians head to Cinder Lane with an unblemished record in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division, having won all 12 of their opening matches. While Roberts knows that every side will be gunning to become the first team to beat them in the league, he says that he is not paying attention to any superstitions attached to the number 13.

“I don’t worry about things like that,” Roberts said. “We have had a good start and won 12 from 12, but we just have to keep concentrating on ourselves. There are a few things that we need to work on – we need to be more clinical in front of goal as we could have won the Thatcham game four or 5-1 (Highworth won that match 2-1). We’ve just been focussing on ourselves and we will keep on going.”

“Fairford will be like any other team that we have played this season – they will want to be the first team that beats us. I know that they have had a tough start, but it is a bit like when I took over here last season, it was always going to take Jody (Bevan) a bit of time to get the team gelling.”

Highworth should go into the match at Fairford tomorrow feeling full refreshed after Roberts rested nine of the 11 players that started at Thatcham for their Challenge Cup 4-1 win over Division One West cellar-dwellers Tytherington Rocks last weekend.

 

buildbase fa vase logoTargets!! - 22 September

Jeff Roberts has warned his Highworth players that they are there to be shot at following their perfect start to the season.

The Worthians made it nine wins from nine Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division matches on Wednesday night with a 6-1 thrashing of Longlevens. But while promotion to the Southern League is the aim at The Elms this season, Highworth will also be keen on a run in the Buildbase FA Vase and host Premier Division cellar-dwellers Burnham in the second qualifying round tomorrow.

“Wednesday night was probably the best we have played all season,” Roberts said. “Everything just seem to click. The boys, even though we were 6-1 up, were still chasing balls until the final whistle and that is pleasing. But what we have to be wary of is that every team will want to be the first team to beat us. Burnham will be no different on Saturday. I know that they have got a few players in from Slough so it is not going to be easy. All we can do is keep working, stay focussed and hopefully that should see us through.”

Three seasons ago, Highworth reached the semi-final of the Vase and hopes are high of another good run this term. “The club had a great run a couple of seasons ago under John Fisher – he did a great job for the club,” Roberts said. “But we can’t dwell on the past, we have to focus on what we do and try to do the best we can. It would be nice if we could put a run together, I know the chairman (Rohan Haines) is keen for a nice run in the Vase.”

 

Squad Shuffle - 11 August

Jeff Roberts will utilise Highworth’s squad ahead of their Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division clash with Burnham on Saturday.

Roberts was able to successfully navigate his troops through Tuesday’s FA Cup tie with London Colney, at the second time of asking. Following the extra fixture, Roberts thinks it would be wise to shuffle the pack ahead of the weekend. Going into the game, Roberts will also be boosted by the return of Aysa Corrick, Ross Adams and Kias Bonner-Shea, who will all be in contention.

“I watched Burnham last week at Flackwell Heath and they are a totally different side compared to last year,” said Roberts in the Swindon Advertiser. “I’ve been told they have a few players on loan from Marlow, so they should be a little bit stronger. We are going for three points and with the squad we’ve got we can rotate a little bit because some players are tired from the two cup games. We can afford to rest a couple if need be. Ideally we would have won the cup game at home, we made it harder work than what we needed to.”

After claiming victory in their first league game of the season, Roberts thinks it is paramount his side collect as many points as possible in the early stages of the campaign, if they are to challenge in the higher reaches of the division. “It’s important that we pick up the points now,” he added. “With the playing surfaces at the moment it suits us, the only down side is I think we are conceding sloppy goals so we need to look at that. We are scoring goals, we have had two away games and we’ve scored eight goals so that is okay. We have the structure right in central midfield and at the top, we just need to have a look at the back too.”

 

Ian "Middy" Midwinter - 14 June

On Sunday evening, shortly after Higworth Town’s 25th Annual 6 a side competition had ended and as club members relaxed in the bar with a drink or two the devastating news reached us that Middy had passed away suddenly at home shortly after finishing his shift behind the bar that afternoon.

Middy had been associated with Highworth Town FC for many years. As well as being a supporter of the club he had been Bar Manager some years ago and returned to help out again when the Club took back the Bar operation two years ago. His help and advice was invaluable at that time and continued to be so.

Middy loved Highworth Town and always popped in a couple of mornings a week to make sure "his" beer pipes were cleaned, the brewery order was done and everything thing else was in order as well as carrying out shifts behind he bar.

Middy really was a great " Club Man ". He was highly thought of by everyone who knew him, even those whose association with the Club is relatively short.

A huge Tottenham fan he was always " up the club " when his team were on TV at weekends with a pint in his hand and having a bit of a "chat" with others to whom Spurs were not so important, or he simply sat in his chair putting the world to rights with his mates.

Out sincere condolences are with Pauline and all of the family and friends

WE REALLY WILL MISS YOU MIDDY.

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