Fairford Town player/Assistant Manager Jamie Reid came off the bench and got on the scoresheet as Fairford came from behind to beat struggling Holmer Green 4-1 at Cinder Lane.
The Robins, who were heavy favourites going into the game found themselves a goal down early on before Dan Bailey levelled for the hosts.
Connor Thompson scored either side of the half time break to put Fairford in the driving seat before Reid’s late strike secured the victory and moved his side up to 3rd in the Hellenic Premier.
“Personally, I think we should them a lack of respect at the start of the game and with them scoring after four minutes, they quickly got our attention.
We were slow out of the blocks, but we tried to stay composed and thankfully our quality showed in the end,” Reid told Severn Sport.
It isn’t for the first team this season that Fairford have gone behind in games they are favourites to win, including a dramatic 3-2 win against local rivals Longlevens a few weeks ago that saw the Robins come back from 2-0 down and Reid admits that it is a growing frustration for he and manager Jody Bevan.
“It really isn’t a good habit to be conceding early and to be honest it is very frustrating for us as coaches! We’ve shown what we can do when we start bright and we are capable and have the quality now to kill teams early – but at times we can be our own worst enemies and make hard work of it.”
As mentioned, the win coincided with Binfield being beaten at Tuffley Rovers saw Fairford move up to 3rd in the league – but Reid has called on his side to take it one game at a time, starting with a tough test against Shrivenham in the FA Vase next weekend.
“Listen, it’s great to be third,” said the former Hardwicke man. “It’s hugely positive for the club to be where we are and we would have bitten your hand off if you offered us this position at this stage in the summer.
But there are so many more games to come and there are tough days ahead for us so we won’t get carried away. Even though as whole we’re very satisfied, we know you can’t take your highs too high or lows too low and now we have to look ahead to beating Shrivenham in the FA Vase next week.”
Of course, we had to ask the Severn Sport sponsored Reid about his goal.
“To be honest my first few touches left a lot to be desired. I’m old now and I was lucky not to get subbed off really. I struggled to make any impact.
But getting the goal of course is always satisfying, I’m not at my fittest but I know I can still offer something to a game of football. It’s nice to see I still know where the net is and thinking about it surely I’ve played myself into the team for next week now!”
After the FA Vase tie with Shrivenham next weekend, Fairford host Hereford Lads Club in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup before a mouth-watering return to league action with a trip to 4th placed Reading City.