FAIRFORD Town reaffirmed their promotion ambitions with a 3-0 win over Hook Norton at the Bourne on Saturday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch with a scattering of snow, the Reds dug deep to put in a workmanlike display, matching the home side in every department and backed up by a superb man of the match display from Ben Mitchell.
The visiting ‘keeper was called into action early on as his 16th minute stop from a one on one denied the hosts the lead. Mitchell would make critical saves on a number of occasions when called upon.
The opening goal of the game arrived with half an hour played when Steve Hall, using his trusty right foot, swung at the ball from outside the area and it flew by ‘keeper Kurt Fox into the left hand corner.
Fairford doubled their advantage just two minutes after the restart, with Levi Cox brought down in the box but regained his composure to prod the loose ball past Fox to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes.
The scoreline stayed the same going into the second half, when the visitors made a double change with Jason Milhench and Lee Smith coming off the bench for Dan Drewett and goalscorer Hall – both suffering with illness and injury.
In the second period, the home side used the advantage of the slope and pressed hard but came up against a resolute Fairford backline with Aaron Dainton and Sam Ockwell standing firm, offering little in the way of opportunities.
The icing on the cake was added a minute into injury time when Josh Morse broke clear of the home rearguard to slot home the third of the day.
The result was just reward for a hardworking display where every played put in a full shift and is another step forward in the club’s promotion quest.
F/T: Hook Norton 0 Fairford Town 3
Fairford Town: Mitchell; Cordery, Dainton, Ockwell, Jackson; Drewett (Smith ’46), Boucher, Reynolds (Blackford ‘84), Hall (Milhench ’46); Cox, Morse
Substitutes not used: Alexander (GK), Bright