Another narrow defeat on the road
By Derek Lloyd
Melksham Town 3 Highworth Town 2
Played in blustery conditions this Wiltshire derby resulted in another defeat for the Worthians by a single goal. Something of a trend recently given results at Bidefore (0-1) and Moneyfields (1-2).
Highworth played with the elements in the first half but reached HT 2 goals down after defensive lapses allowed the home side to score twice without reply. on 31 mins a cross from the left eveaded 2 defenders and Plummer beat Connor Johns from close range. 4 minutes later some defensive dithering on the left saw the ball worked to Cooper who found the top corner. Highworth's best chances had come earlier as Young fired narrowly wide from 20 yards and when good work between Woods and Young saw the ball deflected onto the underside of the Melksham bar before being cleared.
Playing against the strong wind Highworth reduced the arrears on 51 mins as Callum Parsons slotted home from 12 yards and it could have been 2-2 minutes later as Lomotey harried a defender into an error only for home keeper Thompson to block his close range effort. Melksham then got back on track and a wind assisted cross struck from Felix struck a Highworth post before being cleared.
Connor Johns then proceeded to produce 3 fine saves but could not prevent the third home goal on 67 mins as Cooper fired home from 18 yards after the Highworth defence allowed the player to cut in from the right rather than force him wide. Highworth claimed a second in the final minute as Young curled in a beauty from wide right after the referee failed to see a handball in the penalty box as the ball was played in.
With 8 players again out through a mixture of injury, non availability and suspension this was a decent performance particularly in the 2nd half but the conceding of preventable goals remains an issue for Manger Jeff Roberts.
Next Saturday we are at home to Mangotsfield Utd 3.00 ko