Brimscombe & Thrupp will be looking to exorcise the demons of Saturday’s FA Cup defeat, when they look to get back to winning ways against local rivals Fairford Town this afternoon.
The Lilywhites head to Cinder Lane after suffering a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Hayes & Yeading United in the FA Cup Preliminary Round on Saturday.
Brimscombe manager Sam Prior took to Twitter to praise his sides’ cup conquerors and described them as “quite possibly the most clinical side we’ve ever played in a competitive competition.”
All the best to @HYUFC_Official in the fa cup and the league season. Quite possibly the most clinical side we’ve ever played in a competitive competition.
Our boys did well in periods but made to pay by a bloody good side!
No harm done and we move on swiftly to Monday!
— sam prior (@samprior5) August 25, 2018
Prior’s men finished 6th in last years Hellenic Premier table and are expected to be in and around the top end of the table come the end of the season once more. But they are struggling for consistency this term and are yet to win two games in a row so far this season.
After a near perfect start in their 3-1 win over Windsor, Brimscombe were beaten 2-0 at home by Bishops Cleeve before beating Holyport in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. A 2-2 draw away at Lydney was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Flackwell Heath, before the Lilywhites gained some retribution against Bishops Cleeve at Kayte Lane.
A late John Evans strike saw his side chalk up their second league win of the season and put them in good stead for the FA Cup tie with Hayes & Yeading. But a bad day at the office sees Sam Prior’s men looking to start building momentum once again.
In this fixture last season Brimscombe ran out 7-2 winners, but they won’t find it all their own way this afternoon.
Even though Fairford are yet to win this season, they have played very well with the difficult start they have been dealt.
Opening against pre-season favourites Wantage Town, Fairford were 2-0 up before a late revival from the Oxfordshire side saw them come back to win 3-2.
A 2-1 defeat to a good Royal Wootton Bassett side was followed by a disappointing exit from the FA Cup away at Hadley.
A hattrick of away day defeats was secured when league leaders Reading City beat Fairford 3-1, but again it was a game that Fairford were in for long periods.
Fairford then welcomed Royal Wootton Bassett to Cinder Lane last week and came from behind to draw 3-3 and once again show potency in front of goal against a very good side.
One criticism that was labelled at Fairford last season was that they were too reliant on the goals of Lee Smith, but this season new striker John Thomas has netted 3 times with Mason Thompson scoring twice in the 3-3 draw last week. In that game Smith also scored his first of the season.
Jody Bevan’s men will be going into the game that little bit fresher after being the only local side in the league to not have a game at the weekend. Fairford will be looking to once again take it to one of the bigger boys of the league this afternoon. So just like last season there could be goals in this one today.