January 16, 2019

Worthians raid Royalists to remain kings of the castle

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Highworth Town maintained their position at the top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League with a hard earned 2-1 away victory at Windsor thanks to a brace from winger Aaron Ferris writes Nick Taylor.

With second placed Thatcham Town also winning at home, a 3-0 victory against Brimscombe & Thrupp, Jeff Roberts’s side remain unbeaten away from home and  continue to lead the standings by three points, though Thatcham have a game in hand on the Wiltshire side.

“We started really well and went one nil up, then overplayed a bit and let them in before catching them on the break second half,” Highworth boss Roberts commented afterwards.

The Worthians took the lead on 12 minutes when Aaron Ferris cut in from the right wing before uncharacteristically shooting with his left, the ball firing into the bottom left corner from 18 yards.

Windsor replied on 29 minutes with a good finish from Bradley Pearce, hooking home after the visitors had failed to fully clear a free kick into the box.

After the interval, Windsor pressed forward looking for a second goal with the ‘Royalists’ front two causing the Highworth defence problems.

Windsor squandered a golden opportunity when one-on-one with Highworth keeper Josh Langley, who did superbly to block out the effort.

Highworth again rode their luck when the post came to their rescue from a close-range effort before the league leaders broke on the counter and Ferris added a second on 76 minutes, cutting in from the left before unleashing an unstoppable shot from distance.

The visitors defence then performed heroics to repel the home side’s continual bombardment of the Highworth goal before the final whistle blew to herald their 14th away victory on the road and, more importantly, remain three points clear of Thatcham.

“We showed a bit of character today,” said a relieved Jeff Roberts post-match, “Windsor were unhappy with the defeat. For us three points is three points! It could have potentially been a bit of a banana skin but we had some discipline about us today. Aaron’s had two strikes and scored two goals. I’ve told him he doesn’t score enough, today he did really well!”

Fairford Town’s home fixture with Bracknell Town was postponed following a morning pitch inspection, with Jody Bevan’s side due next to host Royal Wootton Bassett  on Wednesday night at Cinder Lane.

In Division One-West, Shrivenham’s home fixture with Shortwood Utd Reserves was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

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