FAIRFORD Town rallied for a share of the spoils from Saturday’s derby encounter at Royal Wootton Bassett, despite playing 70 minutes of the game with ten men.
The visitors were reduced in number with midfielder Josh Gregory show a straight red card with just 20 minutes on the clock.
Manager Jody Bevan saw his side put in an industrious and resolute performance against the Wiltshire side, going in 0-0 at the interval.
The home side edged ahead after the break with Sam Packer breaking the deadlock with a clever flick from close range in a congested penalty box as the Reds failed to clear their lines following a corner.
However, Fairford quickly made amends with midfielder Dan Reynolds scoring his second goal of the campaign. Captain Lee Smith made good ground before drawing the attentions of two defenders, before finding a surging run from Reynolds who made no mistake to slide the ball past Dan Lawrence in the home goal.
It was a deserved point from a tempestuous encounter, but the visitors will have been the happier of the two sides as their dogged determination earned a point.
F/T: Royal Wootton Bassett Town 1 Fairford Town 1
Fairford Town: Steward; Dainton, Hawkins, Saunders, S Hall; Boucher, Reynolds, Gregory, Oakes; Bumphrey, Smith
NEXT: Longlevens v Fairford Town, Wednesday 1st November (7.45pm), Floodlit Cup R2