Bevan praises team spirt and unity as Fairford come from behind in the FA Vase

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan has praised his side’s team spirit and unity whilst warning them against complacency after the Robins’ come from behind victory against Shrivenham in the FA Vase this weekend. 

Speaking to Severn Sport ahead of the game, Bevan had acknowledged his side have the fight to comeback from being behind, whilst admitting it was starting to concern him. Now, after Saturday’s win, Bevan admits it wasn’t a surprise to see his side come back again.

“It wasn’t a surprise that we came back again,” said Bevan. “I felt we started the game well yesterday but we found ourselves behind after ten minutes to an absolute worldie of a strike from 30 yards. Sometimes you have to simply stand back and applaud.

The pleasing thing was that we didn’t wobble after that. We stuck to our guns, played our way and deserved our equaliser. But then two minutes into the second half we find ourselves behind again! Credit to the lads we stayed calm and I felt we always believed we would come back and to be honest nobody could begrudge us victory in the end.” 

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In the game itself, Dan Bailey initially equalised before the half time break before Shrivenham took the lead just after the half time interval.

Harvey Scholes made it 2-2 before Connor Thompson’s penalty put Fairford in front after Charlie Bailey was brought down in the box.

Fairford have made a habit of securing come back victories and we asked Bevan if it was a positive to know his side had the ability to produce results despite trailing in games.

“I’d rather us not go behind in the first place,” said Bevan. “But it is reassuring to know we are capable of coming back. It’s obviously not a case of just being lucky as it has happened on several occasions.

We have good players but most importantly a real good team unity. We had several players unavailable yesterday and I called up a number of players from the reserve team into the squad and a number of others come to watch the game, so it’s great to be part of a club where we are all pulling in the same direction and celebrating everybody’s success.

I firmly believe that the collective spirit and pride in the shirt is a big reason behind us being able to snatch victories from the jaws of defeat,” added Bevan.

The win sees Fairford join local rivals Longlevens in the hat for the Second Round of the FA Vase and sees the Robins make this stage for the first time since 2003. Bevan believes that his side can take a lot from putting together a lengthy run in the FA Vase.

“It’s a great win in the fact that we would like to go as far as we possibly can in the FA Vase and it creates a bit of excitement for Monday’s draw and obviously the additional prize money is always welcome.

As a team the win will give everybody a boost psychologically. Shrivenham had hammered us earlier in the season and did the double on us last season, so it is another monkey off our backs and it makes the weekend’s win even sweeter,” Bevan said.


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