Highworth claim away victory
JOHN Fisher’s only real complaint about Highworth Town’s opening-day victory was that his side could have ended up playing against seven men instead of nine.
The Worthians opened their Premier Division account with a 3-1 triumph at Reading Town.
Hotshot TJ Bohane got the ball rolling with a fifth-minute penalty and further goals from Ryan King and Callum Parsons wrapped up the points for Fisher’s men despite a late Carl Davies penalty for the home side.
Fisher said: “It was very good – I was very pleased and we played really well.
“They had two players sent off, but it could well have been four.
“TJ went around the keeper and was brought down, but only a yellow card was shown, then he was fouled by their central defender and, again it was only yellow, even though we scored from the free kick.
“But it was a good performance. They lost their discipline a fair bit but even when it was 11 versus 11 I thought we were the better side.’’ Bohane was put through by Brad Clark just five minutes in and, as he rounded keeper Matt Collis, he was felled with an open goal beckoning.
Collis survived, but punishment was exacted as Bohane sent him the wrong way from the penalty spot.
When Bohane was felled again, this time outside the area, King curled the set-piece home to double the advantage.
Reading’s problems worsened as Danny Lockwood was shown red for a challenge on Clark.
After half time, Highworth substitute Matt Horsell crossed for Parsons to fire home the third and the home side’s afternoon went from bad to worse as Josh Blackwood was dismissed.
Fisher, who included new signing Jon Davoile, from Southern League side Larkhall Athletic, in his squad, added: “It’s looking good at the moment.
“We’re looking solid at the back and good going forward, but we’re pretty happy with where we are.’’