HELLENIC LEAGUE: I was right to return - Fisher
BOSS John Fisher is adamant he has no regrets about going back to Highworth despite his team’s difficult start to the season.
Fisher returned to the Elms this summer but immediately had to cope with the loss of almost the entire first-team squad, and he has found wins hard to come by so far, with his side currently battling to stay out of the relegation spots in the Hellenic Premier.
However, the ex-Shrivenham and Supermarine chief insists he is enjoying life at the helm and added that matters were starting to improve.
“I must admit I didn’t expect quite so many to leave, because Webby (ex-Highworth manager Dave Webb) took a few with him to Supermarine and some others went to different places,” said Fisher.
“But it’s been great to come back and I enjoy Highworth as a football club, even if it’s been harder than I anticipated with so many leaving.
“Now I can see it’s starting to take shape, whereas a month ago it was very difficult. It’s still my last job, that’s for certain.
“It’s looking quite good now because we’re getting players back and now they will have to fight for the shirt.
“If they walk in and know they are going to play every week, that’s no good for anybody.
“The players have got to be thinking now that they need to perform, otherwise they aren’t going to get picked.
“There’s no excuses, we’ve got a good enough squad, we’ve just got to start winning games. A couple of wins could fire us up into the top half.”
Highworth host Reading in the Hellenic Premier tomorrow and Ritchie Saunders and Scott Lane are both back, while Kev Tate has signed after recovering from injury. Also coming in on loan is Supermarine right-sided player Elliot Knight.
The Berkshire side might be lower than Highworth in the standings and have won only once in 11 league games, but Fisher is expecting a tough encounter.
He added: “I watching Reading play Shrivenham about a month ago and although they lost 6-2, they weren’t a bad side.
“Two of their good forwards left but they have come back now and as a side they are in a false position. “I still expect to get three points but it’s not a foregone conclusion.”