August 18, 2019

VIDEO: Davies delighted with “deserved” derby win

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Gareth Davies praised his side’s clinical finishing after they clinched a 3-0 win against local rivals Fairford Town in the Hellenic Premier Division.

The victory lifted Shrivenham up to seventh in the table but they had to negotiate a tricky first-half against a buoyant Fairford side before securing all three points.

Fairford squandered numerous first-half chances to take the lead before hosts Shrivenham took the lead five minutes after half-time, on-loan striker Josh Parsons grabbing the goal.

Ben Snook was sent off for Fairford after kicking the ball at Ryan Stanners head while he was lying on the ground, an incident which saw both sets of players and officials clashing.

The one man disadvantage, coupled with goalkeeper Harrison Ellis being forced off injured, ultimately proved crucial as Shrivenham added two more goals – Tom Ballard scoring from 20-yards and Parsons grabbing a late second.

Davies though felt his side’s second-half performance was superb and believed it was a deserved victory, saying: “The first 20 minutes I think we rode our luck, they had two or three good chances which if they went in it may have been a different story.

“We always felt the longer the game went on we would always grow in it. When they have a man down it is about doing the job. We always knew it was going to be a battle. We had to just grind out a result.”

On the subject of Snook’s red card, Davies felt the referee got the decision right, adding: “To be fair we know Ben, he is not that type of player but it is of those things where if you are going to do that then you are asking for trouble.

“If it was one of my lads and he did the same thing I’d expect a red card. I think it is probably the right call.”

Your Sport’s Steve Butt caught up with Gareth Davies after the match and you can watch the full interview below.

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