Bevan looking for home comforts ahead of busy Christmas week for Fairford

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan has told Severn Sport that he is looking for his side to take advantage of having two home games in the week before Christmas and look to re-build some momentum after a run of three defeats on the road. 

After back to back wins at Holmer Green in the league and at home to Frampton United in the GFA Challenge Trophy, Fairford suffered 3-0 wins at Ascot United and Malmesbury Victoria before a 4-1 defeat in horrible conditions at Wantage Town on Saturday.

We caught up with Bevan ahead of his side’s home fixture with local rivals Longlevens on Tuesday evening. Bevan didn’t hold back and bemoaned the fact his side are playing two league fixtures in the days before Christmas.

“It feels like we have been playing twice a week since the start of the season and I think a little bit of fatigue has set in and I will include myself in that. I think that it’s pretty ridiculous that us and Longlevens for that matter, are playing a midweek league game in the week before Christmas when we played well over half of our league games already. Having said that we have two home games this week so it will be good to pick up a bit of momentum again.” 

Fairford suffered their defeat at Wantage on Saturday as the whole country was peppered with wind and rain on near biblical levels. Bevan though said the conditions played their part but was only a number of factors that went against his side in the end.

“It was always going to be tough to go to Wantage regardless of the conditions and the task was made tougher moreso by the absence of three of our key players. We started poorly and went 2-0 down inside the opening quarter of an hour. From then on we did improve but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. But in the last 10 minutes the pitch became barely playable.” 

Ahead of Tuesday night’s game Bevan confirmed that the hosts will be without Jack Beardsell who is away due to work commitments whilst Robbie James is back in the squad after a one match ban saw him miss the Wantage game.

In the return fixture at Saw Mills on Halloween night it was Fairford who took the points after a 2-1 win late on but Bevan has warned against complacency to think the result in October gives tomorrow’s hosts an advantage.

“I think the result from earlier in the season is irrelevant. Everytime you play Longlevens you know you are going to be tested. They work their socks off and battle to the end. We have to make sure we are up for the fight, particularly with their win at Brimscombe last week that has turned a few heads.” 

Fairford welcome Longlevens to Cinder Lane tomorrow night before the visit of Reading City on Saturday. They then travel to The Meadow to take on Brimscombe & Thrupp on Boxing day. For Longlevens they host table toppers Brackley Town Saints on Saturday before a tough Boxing Day trip to Kayte Lane to take on Bishops Cleeve.

Fairford Town vs Longlevens will be our final featured game before Christmas and you can follow the action on our social media feeds. Kick off at Cinder Lane is at 19:45