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Shrivenham 5 Fairford Town 1

Shrivenham bounced back to winning ways in spectacular fashion at Barrington Park on Bank Holiday Monday to record their second derby win of the season.

On the back of a four game losing streak, a derby against local rivals – with just one defeat in their opening five games – and that was a narrow 3-2 defeat in the cup against higher league opposition, was always going to be a tricky task, however boss Gareth Davies had moved to strengthen his side ahead of the match-up and drafted in striker Jordan Morris on loan from Cirencester Town along with former Reds striker Jack Allan from the Sunday League and Dave Bampton was brought back in from Swindon Supermarine for his second start since seeing red in the previous derby against RWBT at the start of the month.

A lively start from Shrivvy saw pressure pay off when with just 4-minutes on the clock Tom Ballard headed the ball in to the area and with Allan stood in front of Harrison Ellis, and his back facing the net, he flicked a wonderful ball off the outside of his right foot and in to the back of the net.

Ballard continued the pressure with a great cross in to the box little over a minute of the re-start but after it found Antonio Gerrish, he volleyed agonisingly wide.

With the visitors failing to settle, goal two wasn’t far behind.  A superb cross from Gerrish on the left flank located Allan totally unmarked inside the visitors penalty area and he despatched a perfect first time volley for his – and Shrivenham’s, second of the game.

Fairford began to settle and despite some good passing, couldn’t manage the end result and Ellis was called in to action with 17-minutes gone to deny Allan his hat-trick with a save with his foot to deflect the ball around the post.

It took until the 23rd minute for Fairford to begin to make their mark on the game when Callum Preece saw his decent effort matched by a save from Dan Lawrence – and the signs were beginning to show, that Fairford could get themselves back in to the game and make a contest out of the remaining 63-minutes.

Those signs paid off ten minutes later when the visitors peppered the home sides defence and Preece finally struck home an unstoppable effort after taking three touches inside the Shrivenham box to make it 2-1.

In truth, Fairford were now looking the better and more composed side at this point but a water break and early substitution of Ollie Rejek replacing Nathan Blackford managed to frustrate the rhythm of the game it was the home side who maintained their lead going in to the interval.

Both sides began the second on a more even footing but it was Allan once again who proved the difference and on 53-minutes, he found a flick on from Ballard and with his back to goal, he made a quick turn and lost his marker before ramming the ball home courtesy of his left foot.

Four minutes later, a Rejek strike went narrowly over however the Allan show continued on 65-minutes when Ballard fed another perfect ball through the visitors defence and found the new signing, wo again lost his marker and fizzed an unstoppable ball beyond the diving Ellis for number four.

Despite the lead, the visitors continued to press and a late challenge from Bampton saw reaction from most of the Fairford side and referee Paul Herbert issued a straight red – the players second in the two games he’s played for the club.

Harsh – maybe, but you couldn’t fault Bamptons efforts during the game in breaking down the Fairford play and the home side dug deep to maintain the example he’d been displaying for the remaining 23-minutes.

The visitors nearly decreased the gap on 75-minutes, but the effort cannoned off  the bar and more game management in the form of a substitution on 77-minutes (Luke Cordery came on for Scott Chilcott) helped to kill off a little more time and with ten minutes of normal time remaining, Gerrish won the ball on the halfway line and threaded a great ball through a tiring Fairford defence and you guessed it, Allan picked it up – again unmarked, and ran down the centre of the pitch and as Ellis tried to narrow the gap, Allan knocked an easy ball in off the left post and in to the back of the net.

Lawrence managed to maintain the score with a great stop using his leg on 83-minutes and by the time the referee had added on time for injuries and a second half water break it was closer to 5pm than 4:45pm, but the three points were staying at Barrington Park.

 

Shrivenham:  Dan Lawrence, Scott Chilcott (Luke Cordery), Matt Horsell (Y), Sam Ockwell ©, Liam Edmondson, Dave Bampton (SO), Nathan Blackford (Ollie Rejek), Tom Ballard, Jack Allan 5, Antonio Gerrish & Jordan Morris.  Sub:  Jamie Prictor, Alex Stanley & Mike Alexander (GK).

 

Fairford Town:  Harrison Ellis, Callum Preece ©, Kallum Thomas, Nathan Hawkins, Ellis Dunton, Robbie James, Mason Thompson, Danny Bailey, Connor Thompson, Harvey Scholes & Ben Lodge.  Sub (TBC): Mason Hathaway, Charlie Bailey, Biag Mazzotta, Danny Gudger & Gavin Jones (GK). 

 

Shrivenham MotM:  Jack Allan

 

Attendance:  86

 

Goals:

1-0 - Jack Allan (4 min)

2-0 - Jack Allan (10 min)

2-1 - Callum Preece (33 min)

3-1 - Jack Allan (53 min)

4-1 - Jack Allan (65 min)

5-1 - Jack Allan (80 min)

 

League Position after Game 4:  8th

 

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