FAIRFORD Town went down by the odd goal in three after a frustrating afternoon for the hosts against Binfield.
The Reds gave themselves an early mountain to climb by conceding two quickfire goals before a late comeback almost yielded a share of the spoils.
Veteran striker Ian Davies marked his return to the side with a sweet finish from close range just four minutes into the game.
Alex Colverd jinked his way inside from the right and unleashed a powerful curling drive past Ben Mitchell to double the lead with 13 minutes.
Fairford, without ten players going into the game, handed a debut to new signing James Campbell and the striker looked lively on a competitive afternoon’s work alongside the experienced Lee Smith in the frontline.
Mitchell then produced a smart low stop with 20 minutes played to deny what would have been a Binfield third, before Josh Morse almost capitalised on fine interplay between Campbell and Smith but fired over.
Smith wasted an excellent opportunity to reduce the arrears when through, but his attempted lob found the arms of Hill – who had the shot been either side of him – would have been picking the ball out of the net.
Fairford rallied in the second half and a smattering of half chances came and went before Smith finally broke the deadlock with a low sweeping finish after consistent pressure from the home side with eight minutes remaining.
The goal was the striker’s sixth in 11 games and Fairford have failed to score in just one game this season. Improvements are being made, but manager Jody Bevan will hope his side can raise their performance when Brimscombe & Thrupp visit Cinder Lane on Wednesday night.
F/T: Fairford Town 1 Binfield 2
Fairford Town: Mitchell; Dainton (S Gale ’64), Barstow, Newman, M Hall (Bevan ’81); L Gale, Boucher (C Smith ‘70), Reynolds, Morse; Campbell, Smith