Bevan looking for Fairford to get back to winning ways in local derby against Bassett

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan has called on his side to return to winning ways after a disappointing 4-2 defeat against Burnham at the weekend when they host Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Tuesday night. 

Goals from Charlie Bailey and Aidan Bennett weren’t enough for Town who were caught cold by Burnham on a disappointing afternoon for Bevan and his men.

“The result was not frustrating as we did not deserve anything from the game and Burnham were well worth their victory.

It was the performance that was frustrating and something I had not seen coming.eight or nine had off days. Hopefully it was a one-off and we respond in the right manner.

There were some positives though, it took us 70 minutes to get going but when we scored to make it 3-1 we had a five minute spell where we created three or four excellent chances. If we had taken one of those I really think we would have come back again.

Unfortunately they broke up the other end and scored a fourth which put the game to bed. Aidan Bennett got his first goal for the club so that monkey is off his back now and hopefully the goals will start to flow for him,” Bevan added.

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The result came after Town notched a hard fought 1-0 win at Bassett nearly three weeks ago and Bevan knows that his side will be in for another tough test when a familiar face comes to visit. 

“It’s going to be a tough one,” said Bevan. “We played each other two weeks ago and despite the tight scoreline we were worthy winners. Since then Bassett have had two morale boosting victories and scoring plenty of goals in the process.

I’m expecting a different animal from them in all honesty. Sam Collier and Bully are former teammates of Reidy and myself and there is always some good natured banter before, during and after between us. They are good blokes who will be doing everything they can to get one over on us.

We need to focus on doing all the things that have served us so well this season and concentrate on playing our football and take care when in possession of the ball. If we do that it will take a good side to beat us,” said Bevan.

Ahead of the game on Tuesday night, Bevan told Severn Sport that he has a similar squad that appeared on Saturday afternoon, except centre back Ellis Dunton who is touch and go after a back injury.

Fairford Town host Royal Wootton Bassett Town at Cinder Lane on Tuesday 3rd December; kick off 19:45