Battling home draw for the Worthians
By Derek Lloyd
Highworth Town 1 Mangotsfield Utd 1
This fixture was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of Davinia Morrison, the wife of club stalwart of and former reserve team manager Dave and mother of current player Leon, who sadly passed away last weekend. The silence was impeccably observed and HTFC would like to express their thanks to the Match Officials and all from Mangotsfield Utd for supporting us at this sad time.
The game started poorly for the home side whose first half performance can only be described as lethargic. Connor Johns had already made a very decent save from a long range effort before Mangotsfield took the lead on 24 mins when the impressive Thomas Hillman was allowed to
cut in from the left and his shot across Johns found the bottom corner. Highworth could have been more than a single goal in arrears at half time but the visitors squandered a couple of further chances a the home side were continually pegged back in their own half.
After Johns had again kept the deficit to a single goal with another close range save early in the second period Highworth gradually got into the game. Visiting keeper Joe Perry did well to keep out efforts from distance from Jordan Young before Chris Taylor went close with a shot from 18 yards.
The equaliser came after 78 minutes when, following a corner, a cross from Taylor was headed home by skipper Wayne Turk.
Highworth came closest to a second when Callum Parsons out Young through but Perry did enough to force the Swindon Town loanee wide enough for the chance to be lost.
All in all a fair result in front of a crowd of 130.
Next Sat sees an away trip to Gloucestershire to face Cinderford Town, 3.00 ko.
Before that on Sat morning we have a visit from the Southern League to carry out our Ground Grading Inspection to enable us to continue at thi