Fairford Town boss Jody Bevan claimed his side failed to live up to their tag as “favourites” in the local derby against Shrivenham, admitting their defeat was fully deserved.
Following Saturday’s fantastic win against Hellenic Premier Division leaders Brackley Town Saints, Fairford came off second best against local rivals Shrivenham in what proved to be a feisty local derby at Cinder Lane.
Bevan’s side were also reduced to 10 men when Jamie Reid was sent off for a headbutt on Danny Hale, a decision that the Fairford boss had no complaints about.
“Obviously disappointed come off the back of probably the best performance in my tenure on Saturday,” said Bevan. “We warned the lads beforehand against complacency, you’ve set your standards and all that but we just didn’t get going tonight, which is really disappointing.
“We fell into some traps, it is plain and simple. Ultimately at key times we have lots our discipline. The sending off, it’s silly from Reidy. There is no need for us to get involved.
“In a local derby with 10 men for an hour it is going to be tough. We’ve got to learn from it, thing is now we crack on look to Saturday.
“Tonight, the run that we have been on and Shrivenham coming off the back of a surprising defeat on Saturday, suddenly that expectation is there that we are favourites tonight and we haven’t dealt with it. That’s the next step that I have got to get this team to.”
A goal in each half gave Shrivenham victory against a Fairford side who had toppled league leaders Brackley Town Saints at the weekend.
Danny Hale gave visitors Shrivenham the lead on 30 minutes, scoring from the penalty spot after Lewis Petrie was brought down in the area.
Fairford were then reduced to 10 men when Jamie Reid was sent off for a headbutt on Hale – the latter receiving a yellow card for his part in the melee.
Shrivenham clinched victory on 88 minutes when Dan Drewett scrambled the ball home from a Sam Ockwell free-kick.
The win lifts Shrivvy up to 16th in the table, three points adrift from Fairford who are 14th.
Both sides face home clashes at the weekend with Shrivenham taking on Bishops Cleeve and Fairford hosting Tuffley Rovers.
Watch our post-match interview with Jody Bevan by clicking on the video below.