Report: Three in a row for the Reds

FAIRFORD Town registered their third consecutive Hellenic Premier Division win with a 3-1 triumph over Highmoor Ibis on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Lee Smith led the way with a double strike in the first half before manager Jody Bevan, on as a late substitute, sealed the points with a near post header.

Fairford made an enforced change to the line-up that had won at Woodley a week earlier, with Dan Reynolds missing out with injury.

The hosts made a determined start to the game and went in front with a quarter of an hour played. A low finish from Smith for his 11th of the campaign set the Reds on their way.

Smith almost grabbed his second soon after but a good block from the visitors’ rear-guard saw the 1-0 scoreline intact. However, it was 2-0 on the half hour as a speculative shot from George Thrussell was not dealt with by Aaron Watkins in the Highmoor goal with Smith on hand to slide the loose ball home.

Fairford took their 2-0 lead into the advantage but it should have been more after two stone-wall penalty appeals and several further close efforts.

Highmoor, fielding a youthful line-up, rallied straight after the break and grabbed a goal back with 79 on the clock with Luke Cox following up after a good save from Ben Mitchell.

However, Fairford made sure of the points when substitute Bevan met a near post corner to glance a header past Watkins to make it 3-1.

It was a deserved victory with the Cinder Lane outfit in good form ahead of a stern test of their mettle on Tuesday with a trip to Lydney Town.

F/T: Fairford Town 3 Highmoor Ibis 1

Attendance: 49

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