Report: Fairford Town 1 Shrivenham 1

FAIRFORD Town and Shrivenham played out a competitive 1-1 draw on Saturday, a result which left the home side 11 points clear at the top of the division.

Both sides were down to ten men by the final whistle with a good crowd there to see what proved to be an entertaining Division One West clash.

The visitors worked hard for their point whilst the home side never really found their stride on a frustrating afternoon for the title chasers.

The encounter came to life just five minutes in as a penalty award handed the home side a chance to take the ascendancy. Lee Smith stepped up and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way for his 27th goal of the campaign.

Despite a plethora of possession there were few clear cut chances as the half was played out, with Smith slicing a 40th minute effort over when well placed before the break.

Fairford made a change at the break with Steve Hall coming off the bench for Chris Jackson at left-back, suffering from a first half knock.

The Reds went a man down just seven minutes into the second period, as new signing Ryan Stanners  was shown a straight red card for a high challenge just inside the Shrivenham half.

Shrivenham squared the game up just after the hour with Jamie Prictor firing home a stunning leveller. With goalkeeper Ben Mitchell off his line having made a clearance, Prictor lashed home the loose ball into the roof of the net from 30 yards.

Substitute Dan Drewett and Nathan Blackford both went close in the final stages but were unable to find the breakthrough. Shrivenham were reduced to ten men in injury-time before the whistle blew.

F/T: Fairford Town 1 Shrivenham 1

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