HELLENIC LEAGUE: Highworth boss scoffs at budget claims
HIGHWORTH Town manager John Fisher has poured cold water on suggestions he is working with a significant budget this year.
Fisher believes some in the local non-league community are making grossly inaccurate estimates when it comes to the financial clout he and assistant boss Kev Moloney have held in the transfer market since taking charge at The Elms.
And he stressed that the squad the pair have assembled has been a result of shrewd management rather than carefree spending.
“I think there are a lot of people around who assume we’ve got a massive budget and we haven’t,” he told the Advertiser.
“It’s a budget but it’s not the size some people seem to think it is. It’s well worked and Kev and I have worked hard to get it to where it is this season.
“We’re a joy to watch when we go forward, it’s an exciting side and these boys are a joy to manage.
“People come and see what we’ve got and they say ‘huh, you’ve got a good side.’”
The Worthians entertain Holyport in the Hellenic Premier Division this weekend and after back-to-back defeats in their last two league matches, Fisher knows the importance of victory on Saturday.
“There are about five or six teams who can win this league and, with all respect to Holyport, we should be beating sides like them if we want to do something this year,” he said.
“When we were beaten by Newbury it was three points dropped because we shouldn’t be losing to teams like that, but Oxford City Nomads are going to be one of the five or six at the top.
“We need to be taking maximum points, six out of six, against the bottom clubs.”
Holyport have just two league wins to their name in their last nine attempts, during which time they have conceded 25 goals - and Fisher wants his promotion-chasing side to make the most of that dismal run of form.
“When we’re going forward we are as good as anything else at this level,” he said. “We need to tighten up defensively a bit but we’re happy with where we’re at.”
Midfielder Russell Byrne will miss the clash for Highworth but Luke Williams returns after illness.
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