Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan has described his side’s performance as dreadful and labelled the 6-2 defeat against Shrivenham as “embarrassing.”
After going in 1-0 down at half time at Cinder Lane, three quick fire goals saw Shrivenham race to a 4-0 lead. Callum Preece and Danny Gudger pulled the Robins back into the game but two late strikes compiled the misery for Bevan’s men.
“As a performance it doesn’t get much worse to be honest,” Bevan told us.
“On Saturday we put in a decent disciplined performance against Flackwell Heath, so I went with exactly the same starting eleven last night. We were ok in the first 10 minutes, but after that we were very poor and can have no complaints about being behind at half time.
The second half was the stuff of nightmares, three goals in the space of 10 minutes finished the game as a contest and we looked well beaten and I felt we gave up which was the most disappointing thing,” Bevan added.
One thing that would have angered Bevan was that after doing so well to get back to 4-2 down, Fairford conceded pretty much from kick off and the Fairford boss reiterated that he felt that his side gave up towards the end of the game.
“At 4-0 down the game was over as a contest. Callum [Preece] scored a goal out of nothing and all of a sudden we got our mojo back. [Danny] Gudger came off the bench and was one of the few positives to take from the night and he scored an excellent goal.
Then suddenly at 4-2 with 10 minutes to go you start to think we couldn’t come back again could we? However within a minute of the restart we gave away a silly penalty and that killed the game again and once more we gave up!
The sixth goal just about summed the evening up for us, no getting away from it, it was embarrassing,” said Bevan.
Fairford are still in 2nd place despite the defeat, but now find themselves 15 points behind league leaders Westfields and despite having two games in hand it will be a tough ask to topple the leaders now.
But Bevan tweeted this week that after Saturday’s result with Flackwell Heath, Fairford have the same amount of points than they massed over the course and last season and Bevan admits that it makes Tuesday’s result even more disappointing.
“[On having the same poitns] It does put some perspective on things but we cannot now down tools for the rest of the season. All is still to play for.
We were 2nd in the table before last night and win, lose or draw we were going to stay 2nd, so I’m not going to throw everything in the bin as a result of the defeat on Tuesday.
We have a superb group and I could see that many of them were hurting after the game. It’s not the first time we’ve been thumped this season and I cannot put my finger on why, but It is noticeable that due to our position in the league we are seen as a scalp and teams are raising their game when they visit Cinder Lane.
We do seem to be the masters of our own downfall at times as well and without being disrespectful to Shrivenham, I didn’t feel as if they had to play out of their skins to beat us…we were just dreadful,” Bevan added.
Tuesday night’s defeat also marked Connor Thompson’s final game not only for Fairford but in English football. The former Gloucester City and Swindon Supermarine man is moving to the USA with his family and Bevan has thanked Thompson for his service during his time at the club.
“Connor has been superb for this football club both on and off the pitch and we will miss him. We’ve loved having him and likewise I know he has enjoyed his football, probably more than any other time in his career.
He leaves to start a new life in the USA later this week, and we all want to wish him and his family all the very best,” Bevan said.
Fairford are without a game this weekend, but are back in action on Tuesday 4th February when they head to Kayte Lane to take on Bishops Cleeve.