FAIRFORD Town produced a resolute performance in a 1-0 win at Woodley United on Saturday, as they registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
With players returning from injury and manager Jody Bevan finally able to field a settled side more regularly, the Cinder Lane outfit looked more compact on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Rivermoor Stadium.
Captain Lee Smith’s tenth goal of the campaign proved the difference between the teams, and the skipper almost made his mark with just 15 minutes on the clock but he fired over the crossbar.
At the other end, Callum Samuel-Harman blazed over before he went close again before the break. Danny Horscroft, the goalscorer in the reverse encounter between the sides in October, also went had an opportunity but could not keep his effort down. Dan Bailey also had an effort for the visitors before Fairford’s Ben Mitchell made a fine low stop to keep the deadlock intact.
After the interval, Fairford made a strong start to the second period and after a series of set pieces, Smith’s 67th minute intervention ultimately sealed the points. He collected a cross from the right before setting himself and unleashing a low drive to open the scoring.
Fairford defended well during the remaining period, thwarting a determined effort from the home side but they stood firm to claim a valuable away win.
Next up is the visit of bottom side Highmoor Ibis to Cinder Lane on Saturday in another important Premier Division encounter.
Fairford Town: Mitchell; Dainton, Hawkins, Saunders, S Hall; Thrussell, Hemmings (Boucher ’60), Reynolds (Gregory h/t), Bailey; Smith (capt), Bumphrey
Substitutes not used: M Hall, Bevan