Fairford Town captain Dan Bailey says the Robins are a club heading in the right direction ahead of a big week that ends with a trip to Bitton in the FA Vase and starts with a local derby against Lydney Town on Tuesday night.
Just three days after a win away at Reading City which saw assistant manager Jamie Reid tell Severn Sport that Fairford are beginning to be noticed at the top of the Hellenic Premier, the Robins entertain a resilient Lydney Town side at Cinder Lane.
Saturday’s win moved Fairford into second place in the Hellenic Premier with nearly a third of the season gone and Bailey admitted that the start to the season was somewhat a surprise.
“The start to the season has been both enjoyable and professional, both on and off the pitch,” said Bailey. “It’s a bit unexpected really, considering the bad start we had last season, but as a team we have gone into every game this season knowing that we have the capabilities to win the match.”
The season so far has seen a lot of goals for Fairford, with no less than 13 different goalscorers so far this campaign and Bailey – who currently is the second top scorer for the club with 9 goals this season has praised his side for chipping in with goals from all over the park.
“It’s incredibly important to have goals all over the team, we have had games where it’s just not going for the attacking players so it’s nice to know we’ve got goals all over the pitch.
On a personal level I am really enjoying being back amongst the goals and I’ve already scored more for the side so far this season than I did for the whole of last season, which is credit to the team really because they’ve given me a licence to get forward a bit more,” Bailey added.
Saturday’s win over Reading City saw Fairford come from behind again and after previously speaking to manager Jody Bevan and assistant Jamie Reid about the bad habit it is turning into for the Robins, Bailey agrees that the players need to break the habit of conceding first.
“As Reidy told Severn Sport at the weekend, it’s a poor habit to have and it’s frustrating because it’s usually sloppy goals we are giving away. It’s hard to shake it off but lucky we know we are going to create chances at the other end.”
Before Fairford head to Bristol for the game against Bitton at the weekend, they host a Lydney Town side who have a great record against fellow Gloucestershire sides in the Hellenic League over the last couple of seasons and Bailey admits that the momentum is with Fairford going into two massive games for the club.
“We are all looking forward to both games and are positive going into the Lydney game. We know it’s going to be a tough and physical battle, so we’ll take nothing for granted.
This is a club that’s going in the right direction, so it’s important t us that we make sure that we can continue in the Vase and get on a good cup run, without it upsetting our league form along the way,” added the Fairford captain.
Fairford Town vs Lydney Town in the Hellenic Premier is our featured game on Tuesday night. Follow the action on our social media channels ahead of the 19:45 kick off.