FAIRFORD Town went down to a 4-2 defeat on Saturday, as hosts Ascot United continued their resurgence.
One of Ascot’s recent recruits, Ben Harris, made the difference with a well-taken treble in front of FA Chairman Greg Clarke – who visited The Racecourse Ground to take in the game.
Fairford arrived late due to the M4 traffic but the visitors almost made amends with midfielder George Thrussell denied by ‘keeper Lee Allen in the early exchanges.
The home side went ahead with 15 minutes played, with Harris opening his account for the afternoon with a superb strike into the bottom corner. It could have been two soon after but Harris fired wide.
Lee Smith drew the Reds’ level with a close range effort eight minutes before the break for his 12th goal of the campaign, but Trevor Mutero edged the Yellamen in front before the break with a close range finish.
Fairford responded well after the break with Callum Preece, restored to the line-up, produced a fine low finish into the corner after Smith had been denied his second of the day.
Despite restoring parity, Fairford were undone with Harris netting his second on 67 minutes with an explosive finish. He then completed his hat-trick to cap a fine day with a glancing header to seal the victory for the Berkshire side.
F/T: Ascot United 4 Fairford Town 2