Highworth travelled to Gloucestershire on Wednesday evening to face Slimbridge and came away with a well deserved point after an entertaining goalless draw.
In a game where home keeper Eric Edge excelled the Worthians can consider themselves unfortunate not have taken all 3 points but Manager Jeff Roberts was happy with another decent performance and a second consecutive clean sheet. Indeed Connor Johns in the visitors goal was not called upon to make anything but routine saves throughout the game as the defence, marshalled superbly by captain Wayne Turk, dealt with the Slimbridge attack in comfortable fashion.
The first scoring opportunity fell to the visitors Ash Edenborough who was put through on goal by Aaron Nesbeth on 10 minutes only to be thwarted by a superb tackle as he went to shoot.
Callum Parsons went close on 18 minutes with a shot from 20 yards before Edge produced a fine save from Matty Grabe 3 minutes later.
The remainder of the 1st half was fairly even although Edge again kept his goal intact with a fine parry from a Parsons effort just before the break.
Highworth started on the front foot again at the start of the 2nd half with Edenborough brilliantly denied by Edge before the home keeper did the same to prevent Nesbeth giving the visitors the lead shortly afterwards.
As the game opened up both sides kept pushing forward and after Edge made his only mistake of the night when failing to clear a long ball from outside of the penalty area Jordan Roberts saw his shot hit the inside of a post and agonisingly roll across the goal line before being cleared.
Slimbridge lofted several corners and free kicks into the Highworth area in the last 20 minutes but failed to create any clear chances and with almost the last kick of the game debutant Harrison Bennett had a chance to win it for the visitors but fired over from 8 yards after an intricate build up on the right hand side.
All in all a decent point from an entertaining game in which the 3 match officials deserve praise for the way they managed to game.
Next up on Monday 27th August a local derby with Cirencester Town FC, 3.00 ko at the Save On Tyres stadium. Club will be open at noon.
Updated 09:11 - 23 Aug 2018 by Derek Lloyd