WESTBURY United manager Neil Kirkpatrick says the club’s Wiltshire Senior Cup tie with Salisbury was a useful exercise, despite losing 1-0 at home.

Kirkpatrick was impressed with the defensive display his side produced on Wednesday night, but admits the narrow defeat was a fair reflection on the game.

“As you would expect, they had a lot of the ball but chance-wise, I think we had two saves to make,” he said.

“They were very complimentary afterwards, so they certainly knew that they had been in a game.

“We don’t like losing to anyone, but as a defensive group we were very strong. “We’ve had to change the way we play because of the heavy pitches and we have adapted to it quite well, so when we do the right things, we are quite effective.”

In domestic action, Westbury travel to Malmesbury Victoria on Saturday and will look to make it three wins in a row following victories over Oldland Abbotonians and Corsham Town.

“It will be a tough game because they have picked up of late. No doubt the pitch will be dreadful up there,” added Kirkpatrick.

“It is what it is. We have had a couple of decent wins in the last few games so it is nice to be the hunters, rather than being hunted “Most of our injuries are back. Josh Ferguson looked like he picked up a nasty elbow injury, but Dan Kovacs has now played three games in a row so he looks strong.”

Westbury will be without Ricky Hulbert, who is suspended, while Matt Jones is fit to play.

Corsham Town will hope they can bounce back from their 5-0 defeat to Westbury, when they host Oldland Abbotonians at the weekend.

Warminster Town were involved in a 10-goal thriller with Devizes Town, but fell the wrong side of the 7-3 scoreline at home.

Lewis Graham notched, in addition to James Vincent’s brace, while Kevin Shinn was sent off for the hosts following two yellow cards.

Warminster manager Mark Breffit will aim to turn the tide following the weekend’s results when they tackle Calne Town.