Worthians continue their winning ways
By Derek Lloyd
Mangotsfield Utd 0-1 Highworth Town
A single Toumani Sidibi goal meant Highworth returned to Wiltshire with a third successive league win.
On a difficult pitch, the Worthians started brightly with Ash Edenborough appearing to be clipped by a defender when well positioned but the officials waved the penalty appeals away.
The home side then had a few minutes of strong pressure with a shot being deflected for a corner after Connor Johns dropped a cross whilst under pressure. From the resultant corner, Clayton Fortune stung Johns' hands with a shot from 12 yards out before heading just wide from a left wing corner.
Sidibi, who caused Mangotsfield problems all afternoon, then struck a post on 17 minutes with Edenborough just unable to slot the rebound home. Sidibi then shot narrowly over from the right hand side of the penalty box.
With the visitors now creating chances Leon Morrison headed narrowly wide and Chris Taylor missed the target from 18 yards. Ashan Holgate then just failed to convert a Sean Woods cross although it did appear the forward may have been fouled as he went for the ball.
In added time Sidibi was cynically brought down on the edge of the box. A Sean Woods free kick to the far post was met by Morrison who was just unable to turn the ball home.
From the re-start it was Highworth pressing again with Edenborough's first time effort from 15 yards brilliantly turned round the post by keeper Hodges. A second penalty claim of the afternoon for a foul on Edenborough was again turned down with the Highworth player receiving a yellow card for his troubles.
The winning goal came on 58 minutes when a lovely through ball from Taylor found Sidibi who cut in from the right and beat Hodges to his bottom right hand corner.
As in the previous two games, Highworth saw out the remaining time with the back four again outstanding.
Given three team changes from last week due to unavailability and injury, this was an outstanding result against a decent Mangotsfield team with Manager Jeff Roberts especially pleased with the clean sheet.
Highworth remain 7th place in the league, just outside the play-off places with highly fancied Moneyfields next up at the SaveOnTyres Stadium on Saturday.