The 1st team returned from Somerset with hard earned point from a 2 - 2 draw having come from 2 goals down with two strikes from distance.
The first action of the game came in the 8th minute as home keeper Punchyard pushed a shot from Jason Roberts over the bar. His opposite number, Connor Johns, did even better 3 minutes later when he tipped a free kick from Short over.
The first goal came in the 17th minute when the visitors gave the ball away in midfield and a quick break upfield by Street saw the ball fed through to Omerod who slotted home.
Mcerlain then hit the bar for the home side with a header from a free kick wide out on the keft.
Half time was reached with Street leading 1-0 but the lead was soon doubled after the break as Omerod just about beat Johns with a penalty on 49 mins after he had been awarded the spot kick after contact with Rory Sproule.
It could have been 3-0 on 59 mins but Johns pulled off a fine stop from Butcher.
Callum Ferguson was replaced by debutant Tourmani Sidibi on the hour as Highworth upped the tempo of the game.
The deficit was reduced on 69 mins as Callum Parsons found himself in space 25 yards out and beat Punchyard to his left hand side with a shot that had a bit of dip and swerve on it.
Almost immediately Highworth had a strong shout for a penalty turned down after which Short headed a cross against the post for the home side.
The equaliser came in the 81st minute when Sidibi cut in from the right and from 18 yards curled a beauty into Punchyard's top right hand corner.
Chris Taylor then went agonisingly close for Highworth with a shot from 20 yards that whistled past the post with the home keeper watching on.
In added time there was nearly heartbreak for Highworth as a shot from distance across Johns struck the outside of the post before being cleared.
8 yellow cards and a dismissal from one of the home side's bench team did not really reflect the game which was hard fought but rarely anything more.
After a lethargic first half and a 2 goal deficitthis was definitely a point gained rather than 2 lost and means out Southern League life has begun with 2 wins, 2 draws and a single defeat.
Next up on Saturday we are at home to Thatcham Town, 3.00 pm kick in a game sponsored by Hanleys' of Highworth.
It will be nearly a month since our last game at the Save On Tyres Stadium so get along and support the boys.
Updated 09:19 - 16 Sep 2018 by Derek Lloyd