HIGHWORTH manager John Fisher admits his team need to improve - and fast - if they are to pull themselves away from relegation trouble in the Hellenic Premier.
The Elms side are currently 17th and have lost their last two league games, conceding eight goals in the process.
And ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Wokingham & Emmbrook, Fisher said: “We need to pick up a bit, we’re not really functioning well at the moment.
“If we’re not careful we’ll be in a dogfight. We can’t score goals and we’re conceding goals, which isn’t a good combination. We’ve got to show some character, but I’m confident we’ll turn it round.”
Fisher is without the sidelined duo of captain Ritchie Saunders and Russell Byrne tomorrow, but Darren Smart is back from suspension.
Elsewhere in the Hellenic Premier, Shrivenham welcome Marlow, who were relegated from the Southern League last season.
Meanwhile, Malmesbury boss Simon Winstone wants his Malmesbury players to improve drastically, starting with their Division One West game at Hook Norton.
“We’re seven games into the season now and the players should be performing week in, week out, not just once every three weeks.
“I want to see a massive improvement in the desire to win tackles, work together for the team and win matches.”
Ben Wells and Sam Brown face late fitness tests ahead of New College’s derby against Cricklade , while Lambourn host Brimscombe & Thrupp and Fairford take on Tytherington at Cinder Lane.