FAIRFORD Town manager Jody Bevan was delighted with the efforts of his side to come from behind to secure a cup win on Wednesday night – avoiding an uncomfortable additional half an hour in the process.
Bevan brought himself off the bench for the final stages of the contest, before sustaining a hamstring injury. Thankflly Josh Gregory’s first goal in Fairford colours secured a safe passage into the third round stage of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup.
“Unfortunately, the game did come at a cost with an ankle injury to Shaun Brian that is likely to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks,” said the manager.
“My hamstring also went during my cameo appearance and is likely me to keep me away from any more appearances for quite a while. Thankfully, we avoided extra-time and I was delighted for Josh Gregory to finally get a goal for us.
“Josh has had a bit of a rough time recently with suspension and unavailability and has not always helped himself, but his energy and enthusiasm really benefitted us in the second half and I really hope he can kick oncoming into the final two months of the season.”
Bevan’s side secured their second home win inside seven days, with the manager pleased with the battling qualities on show.
“I was delighted with the spirit and second half performance shown on Wednesday night. They were a tough, physical side that were used to winning so to come from behind and score two late goals to progress to the next round was extremely pleasing.
“The plan was to try and rest a number of the players that have been playing 90 minutes week in week out but unfortunately that did not go to plan. Illness and unavailability had robbed us of a number of players I was hoping to play in the game.
“As a result, I had to play some lads in unfamiliar roles, but everybody stuck to the task. Indeed, I have not seen Ben Saunders smile so much as when I told him he was going to play as a striker!
He added: “It was also great to see Luke Barstow and Michael Oakes playing again. Work commitments have prevented them from being regular members of the squad in recent months but I thought both came in and performed well despite a lack of match practice.”
Fairford Town host Abingdon United at Cinder Lane this Saturday 24th February, 3pm kick-off.