Report: Fairford Town 2 Wantage Town 3

TWO second half goals from Steve Robertson saw Wantage Town come from behind against a spirited Fairford Town side who played for 82 minutes with ten men.

Fairford boss Jody Bevan handed full debuts to five summer signings as the home side turned in a determined effort on a searing afternoon.

The home team broke the deadlock with six minutes on the clock as new signing Josh Thomas saw his initial effort saved by Curtis Meare before making sure with the follow up.

Josh Jones, a summer addition from Highworth Town, was shown a straight red card two minutes later for a high challenge as the Gloucestershire side faced an uphill battle with 82 minutes of the game remaining.

However Fairford stood their ground and frustrated the much-fancied visitors, who forced several saves out of Ben Mitchell in the home goal before the half-time whistle blew.

Fairford continued to work hard after the interval and were rewarded with their second goal of the day as Thomas turned his man and smashed home a superb effort from 25-yards with 65 minutes played.

Wantage captain Chris Jackson then slotted home a 71st minute penalty following a push from Lee Smith inside the area as the visitors got a foothold on the game.

Robertson struck his first to level the scores in controversial circumstances on 72 minutes. His turn and shot from close range crossed the line before emerging from the back of the net onto the advertising boards behind the goal to make it 2-2 following consultation with linesman Gordon Varey. Despite the freak occurrence, none of the officials deemed it applicable to check the goal nets much to the bemusement of the watching home support.

It was Robertson who grabbed the winner with a 91st minute effort to seal the points as he capitalised on a loose ball to hammer home his second of the game and the final and crucial goal of the day.

F/T: Fairford Town 2 Wantage Town 3

Fairford Town: Mitchell; Watson, Hawkins, James, Oakes (S Hall ’61); Bailey, Ward, Preece (Lodge ’83), Jones; Smith (Beardsell ’70), J Thomas

Substitutes not used: L Thomas, M Thompson

Booked: Smith ’70, Mitchell ’74, Preece ’79, Hawkins ‘90

Red card: Jones ‘8

Wantage Town: Meare, Comer, Flanagan, Wright, Jackson, Cheetham, Glover, Davoile, Robertson, Dunmall, Scholes

Substitutes: Mattimore, Buchanan, Baker, Patterson, McCormack

Attendance: 63

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