Reid praises Fairford for producing a reaction that was “exactly what we were after”

Fairford Town Assistant Manager Jamie Reid has praised his side for producing a reaction to last weekend’s defeat, with a devastating start in their 4-2 win over Tuffley Rovers. 

Fairford opened the scoring inside the opening minute once again at home, with the returning Connor Thompson squaring for former Tuffley Rovers man Ross Langworthy to score against his old club.

Then within 90 seconds Jack Bown-Porter’s 30 yard screamer beat Luke Merchant to make it 2-0 to the hosts with just three minutes on the clock.

Aidan Bennett added a third for the rampant Robins on half an hour from a corner, before former Fairford man Jack Beardsell reduced the arrears before half time.

Connor Thompson added a fourth from a Callum Preece corner, before Beardsell once again reduced the deficit to two goals.

After Fairford saw the game out we spoke to Reid about the reaction of his side after their 3-0 defeat at Longlevens last weekend.

Of course we were expecting a reaction after last week’s disappointment,” said Reid. “It couldn’t have been much worse last weekend so to be 2-0 up inside 3 minutes was exactly what we were after.

We’re not a bad team at all as our league position suggests, but we had an off day against Longlevens and it’s important to not have too many of them!” 

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The result was similar to the reverse fixture earlier in the season, where a great opening 20 minutes saw Fairford take a 3-0 lead at Tuffley and Reid admits that whilst the start was similar, Tuffley made the game much harder than it could have been.

“Today was very similar to what it was like at Glevum Park. We came out flying and scored very early and we know we’ve got the fire power to do that in fairness.

But we have to give credit to Tuffley too. I thought they reacted well and changed the system and caused a different threat, but without really troubling our keeper, Warren Mann was buying fouls up front and their main threat was set pieces – you can see why they are a tough side,” Reid added.

The game saw Fairford line up with all three forwards of Connor Thompson, Ross Langworthy and Aidan Bennett and after seeing all three get their name on the scoresheet, Reid admits it just means that he and manager Jody Bevan will be expecting more from Fairford’s front line.

“After the game I said to Rands [coach Lee Randall] in the changing rooms about all three scoring today. All three of them are in the side to get themselves on the scoresheet and that’s exactly what they’ve delivered today!

But we’ll ask for more and more from them now until the end of the season, but if they work hard as a front three though then it should help us on the whole,” said the former Hardwicke man.

Reid took to social media to celebrate a good afternoon for him personally, with three of his affiliated sides winning their derby matches this weekend, with Cirencester Town beating Cinderford Town 5-3 and Hardwicke beating Quedgeley Wanderers 4-3 and he told Severn Sport just how good winning a derby game feels.

“Honestly it’s so good when your old clubs win as well as you, especially on derby days! It’s important to win as many games as you can obviously, but when it’s against rivals your Saturday night is that little bit sweeter because for some reason when you lose there’s nothing worse.

However as I have told Severn Sport before, it’s always important to not take your highs too high or lows too low though, so now we already begin to prepare for next weekend’s away trip to Virginia Water,” Reid added.

Fairford’s win sees them stay 2nd in the Hellenic Premier and they have reduced the gap to 9 points – with a game in hand over leaders Westfields.

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