Fairford Town Assistant Manager Jamie Reid believes his sides are more than capable of getting back to winning ways after being knocked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase within the last week, when they host Royal Wootton Bassett Town this weekend.
Fairford go into the game after being knocked out of the FA Cup in midweek by Sholing, just days after their 1-0 defeat against Lydney Town in the FA Vase and Reid admits that despite the results his side put in good performances.
“Losing football matches isn’t a habit any football club want to maintain,” said Reid.
“In regards to last Saturday against Lydney, it was the manner in the way we bowed out which hurt mostly, but on Tuesday night we knew within the changing room that we’d get a positive performance!
Then to a man we were excellent and on another night, with a few decisions in our favour instead of theirs, we would of won the tie,” Reid added.
The defeats came after Fairford had got their Hellenic Premier campaign off to the perfect start by beating Holmer Green 4-0 and Reid has called on his side to show consistency now that their full attention is on league football.
“Getting back to league action and picking up three points is obviously our target on Saturday and there is no better way to do it than a derby.
Down at Holmer Green, apart from Ben picking up his head injury, the night couldn’t have gone any better for us really – scoring four and keeping a clean sheet!
Now everything and everyone are focused on the league its the consistency in performances that we’ll be working hard on as players and coaches,” said Reid.
Saturdays game will have the attention of everyone after the infamous abandonment of the same fixture last season.
After Callum Preece was dismissed for a stamp on a Bassett man, a multi-man scuffle broke out. The referee on the night then dismissed the Bassett player and was about to also dismiss Fairford Town’s Christian Turner-Williams before being surrounded by Bassett players.
Ultimately the game was abandoned and the fall out saw Fairford receive abuse on social media and Reid says that whilst Faiford hold no grudges, it will be an equally a tough a game.
“Maybe there will be an added spice to this game after the fixture last season, but for us it was done a long time ago – we hold no grudges even though I think a couple from their side still obsess about us,” said Reid.
“I’m expecting an entertaining game most definitely. They flirted with relegation for the majority of the last campaign but they’ve now recruited some good players including Harrison Ellis who was with us last season, Sam Ockwell, Chris Taylor just to name a few who are very experienced at our level.
So with that they’ve had some notable wins in the FA Cup which will help their budget no end as well as their confidence.
I’m sure it’ll be a close contest again and If we apply ourselves correctly and put in the level of performance similar to that of Tuesday then I’m hoping we’ll edge this tie again,” added Reid.
Fairford Town welcome Royal Wootton Bassett Town to Cinder Lane on Saturday 26th September, 15:00 kick off.