Bassett Bound

MANAGER Jody Bevan is anticipating another tough test this Saturday as the Reds face a second trip of the season to the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground.

Fairford were beaten 3-1 by Royal Wootton Bassett in the Buildbase FA Vase qualifying round in September – and the hosts have since risen to seventh in the Premier Division following a good run of form, before the Wiltshire side suffered a 5-0 defeat to Oxford City Nomads on Wednesday night.

Bevan said: “They have been on a tremendous run of form since they beat us in the Vase so it’s going to be another tough game for us.

“However the form that Bassett have shown should give us hope in the fact that they turned their form around, became tough to beat and have won a number of games in the process.

“That is exactly what I am trying to emulate in order to get us out of the situation we find ourselves in.”

Bevan could welcome striker Shane Bumphrey and defender Martin Hall back into the squad following suspension, whilst there are several injury concerns elsewhere.

“On the injury front we are still without a handful of players with Ben Mitchell and James Campbell out, but hopefully they are not too far away from a return.

“Callum Preece and George Thrussell have hamstring strains which we hope are not too serious and just require rest.”

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