ADIE Mings has backed new striker Ben Highmore to be a hit at Chippenham Town.

Highmore has had a goal-heavy season with Larkhall Athletic in the Toolstation League Division One and his new manager is confident the forward will have no problem making the step up.

Mings said: “I don’t think it should be a problem. Ben’s got all the attributes to play at a higher level. He’s strong, quick, direct and has two good feet.

“He’s shown he’s got an eye for goal, he definitely knows where the net is.

“I’ve worked with players who have stepped up from a lower level before, like Chris Snoddy, Scotty Lye, Steve Casey and Jake Gardener.

“We like to think we can work with these lads and bring them on and develop them into Southern League players.”

But the Chippenham boss said he would not expect too much, too soon from the youngster.

He said: “We’ll bed Ben in slowly, help him grow and develop into the level, and not put too much pressure on him.”

Mings will be hoping Highmore, who has scored 27 league goals this season, can provide the finishing ability the Bluebirds have lacked for much of this campaign.

The prolific frontman, who has rejected moves to Melksham Town and Calne Town this season, is likely to see plenty of on-pitch action following the recent departures of Kevin Slack and Joe White.

Highmore is due to be in the squad for his home town club’s Southern League clash against Stourbridge tomorrow.

The Bluebirds boss revealed he was wary of The Glassboys’ muscular style.

He said: “On their day they are a very good side, very strong, very powerful and they have got five lads that are six foot two plus.

“When they came to our place they really did unhinge us with their style of play.”

Defender Steve Casey is doubtful with the hamstring problem he picked up against Swindon Town on Monday.

Frontman Sean Seavill has an ankle knock but should recover in time.