TACTICAL discipline will be key to getting a positive result away at high-flying Evesham Town, according to Highworth Town manager Jeff Roberts.

The two sides enter the contest in contrasting form, with Evesham having only lost twice in the league all season while Highworth have failed to string consecutive results together – positive or negative – since the first weekend of September.

Roberts – who this week announced Sean Wood and Darren Jefferies were the latest players to depart the Save on Tyres Stadium – is eyeing up a tight, disciplined performance from those players that travel to Worcestershire.

Yet, while the Worthians chief admitted he will always send his side out to win a game, a point might not be a bad result against the team in fourth.

Roberts said: “We always go into every game looking to win it, but to do our job as a management team, we’ve got to look at the players we’ve got available.

“A point would be a very good one if we can get it up there. But we won’t approach the game looking to get a draw, we will go there trying to win it.

“If we focus on telling the younger, inexperienced players to keep their shape, we’ll hopefully get a good result.

“We made the mistake of pushing for the win against Bristol Manor Farm recently when a point might have been ok for us, and we got sucker-punched three times late on.”

Roberts recalled his side’s 4-4 draw against the same opposition last year, saying how he felt Highworth should have walked away as winners in a nine-goal thriller.

The Town boss is unsure what to expect from the hosts this time though as he has received reports that a completely new-look Evesham side await the Wiltshire side at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.

Roberts said: “They’ve got a new manager in and I’ve been told they’ve only got one player in their squad who played last year, so it’s going to be really tough for us to know what to expect.

“We went there last year and played well – we should have won the game really, but I think we drew 4-4 in the end.

“It will be important for us to go there and keep our shape.

“The attitudes of the players in training has been really good, so it’s just a matter of us trying to put a consistent run together now.”