FAIRFORD Town opened up a ten-point gap at the top of Division One West after a 2-0 away win at New College Swindon.
The game was far from a spectacle and played in difficult conditions, but the result left the Reds one step closer to promotion back to the Premier Division.
Fairford’s side showed four changes from the team that lost to Flackwell Heath in the Floodlit Cup in midweek, with Luke Cordery, Matt Boucher, Dan Reynolds and new recruit Ryan Stanners all coming into the starting-line-up.
New College battled well in the opening exchanges but the deadlock was broken six minutes before the interval. Jason Milhench collected a through ball before beating his man and sliding the ball across goal into the far corner on a slick pitch following a downpour.
The Reds made changes and introduced Levi Cox, Nathan Blackford and Steve Hall from the bench in search of a second goal, which arrived just before full-time.
Stanners blazed over with a few minutes remaining with top scorer Lee Smith adding to his tally in the 90th minute to put the seal on another away win for the Cinder Lane side.
Fairford host Oxford City Development at Cinder Lane on Tuesday night in the Supplementary Cup (7.45pm).
Reserves win 11-goal thriller…
The reserves beat Clanfield 85 6-5 at Cinder Lane on Saturday with Ben Saunders scoring four and Scott Chilcott twice to help lift the second string back up to second in Division Two West.