Fairford Town will be looking for their third home win in a row and will be looking to keep up the improving performances at Cinder Lane when they welcome Abingdon United on Saturday says manager Jody Bevan.
Speaking to us fresh after a 90th minute winner last night [Wednesday] in the Supplementary Cup, Bevan was relieved that his side was able to secure the win inside 90 minutes.
“I was delighted in the end last night. I felt we played very well in the second half and didn’t deserve to go a goal down with 15 minutes to go. Smudge [Lee Smith] quickly equalised with a worldie and I was desperate for us to score another to avoid extra time. Fortunately Josh Gregory burst late into the box in injury time and nodded one home. We were short in numbers on the night so it was great to get some players minutes on the pitch.”
The win means that Fairford have reacted perfectly to two 3-1 defeats in a row in front of their own fans by adding to their 4-0 win against Royal Wootton Bassett Town a week ago. And Bevan is quick to point out the improvements Fairford have made when playing at home.
“Our home form was very poor at the start of the season but hopefully we are starting to turn that around having won our last two home games. There are no easy games in this division and even if we don’t play well we have to stay resolute and be tough to beat. In the early part of the season we were very easy to beat. In that respect there has been a huge improvement the last couple of months.”
Bevan also said that due to the poor start to the season Fairford Town are still not out of the woods in terms of relegation and has said that Saturday’s game against Abingdon United is the first of eight cup finals left in the calendar. The Fairford manager has called for focus from his side ahead of the run-in.
“[As manager] I can’t influence what happens at other clubs so I just concentrate on what I can influence. I have a figure in mind for the number of points we need before the end of the season and we have to be bang up for every single one of the eight games remaining….[In regards to Saturday] I expect a tough game. Abingdon shocked everybody a few weeks ago when they comfortably beat Highworth. We played early in the season at their place and were unfortunate to lose 1-0. Hopefully we can reverse that scoreline on Saturday.”
Ahead of Saturday’s game against Abingdon United, Fairford Town will be looking to welcome back Connor Lynch, Dan Gardner, Ben Newman, Kallum Thomas and Dan Reynolds to the squad after they all missed Wednesday’s nights cup win.
Bevan has also revealed he is hoping to have a mystery new signing in place who will “add a different attacking dimension to our play too.”
Will Fairford Town complete a hattrick of home wins this weekend? Find out when they welcome Abingdon United to Cinder Lane. Kick off 15:00.
As always, Cinder Lane is home to the best burgers in football, courtesy of Spikes Diner.