Bevan delighted after Fairford avoid hattrick of defeats with win over Reading

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan has praised his side after claiming their first win in three matches with a routine 3-0 win over Reading City at Cinder Lane. 

Fairford, who had lost their last two outings against Shrivenham and leaders Westfields, took the lead inside the first 10 minutes through an own goal.

Harvey Scholes made it 2-0 before the break and Dan Bailey’s screamer made it 3-0 in the second half to put the icing on the cake for Bevan’s side.

After the game Bevan praised his side for their performance and application in a tough test.

“It was a very good team performance,” said Bevan. “Everybody was 7 out of 10 or better for me.

Reading City are a decent side, with some good technical players, but we always looked solid and in control and the quality of our counter attack was superb.

We got a bit lucky with an own goal to open the scoring but the two goals that followed that were outstanding. The third goal came late on and it was only then I felt truly comfortable with the result, but I felt it was well deserved,” Bevan added.

After losing the two games prior to this weekend’s game, Bevan admits he was worried going into the game due to players missing and lack of game time, but he praised his players for coming in and executing the game plan perfectly.

“Going into the game I have to admit, I was nervous having lost our last two and not played in two weeks and missing several key players, a number of reasons.

So to win in the manner we did against a team in good form was massive for all of us and I’ve got to give huge credit to the lads that came in yesterday – lads who have not played much football or stepped up from the Reserves.

Gavin Jones started his first league game for us in goal, whilst John Watson, Kallum Thomas and Danny Gudger started their first games in two months and all played very well and slotted in seemlessly and followed the game plan perfectly.

It’s really reassuring to see the benefit of the Reserve team bearing fruit and demonstrating first hand the strength in depth that we have at our disposal,” said the Fairford boss.

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Up next for Fairford Town is the second attempt of a Monday night trip to Binfield in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup, before a run of games that sees Fairford play at home three times in the next four league fixtures – and Bevan has called on his side, his coaching staff and himself to all come together and build momentum over the coming weeks.

“Yes it’s always important [to be consistent] and seems to be the one chunk in our armour. However, we are having a great season and I’m learning about this group of players all the time.

I sense the lads are starting to grasp that they are a good side and it’s no fluke that we are where we are in the league. Hopefully we can push the top two all the way to the wire.

Westfields show no signs of slipping up whilst Binfield have accumulated a phenomenal squad of players for this level of football, so it’s going to be very tough to overhaul those two. But one thing that is for sure is that we will be pushing as hard as we possibly can to keep tabs with them both,” Bevan added.

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