HELLENIC LEAGUE: Trass strikes late to seal the points for Fairford

Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite

Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite wasn’t over impressed with his Fairford side despite their 3-2 home win over Tuffley Rovers.

Dan Bailey converted a training ground move from 25 yards to open the Cinder Lane side’s account before hooking in a corner for his second, but when it looked as though the game could have ended in a draw, Henry Trass popped up to beat the keeper at the far post to take all the points.

Braithwaite was pleased with the win but believes his side could have put in a better display against a side lower than them in the table.

“We just about saw it through but we didn’t really play all that well,” he said.

“I would like to say it was all down to a bit of rust to be honest, having not played for a while, but it was the same for Tuffley so it’s not a good excuse.

“The lads will probably be as disappointed as me about the way we went about the game but one thing we speak about every week is the desire to win games. We showed that desire and we didn’t stop so that is pleasing.

“We poached the win and that could make a big difference.”

The result moves Fairford up to second in the Division One West table, a point ahead of Shortwood who have two games in hand, and Braithwaite is determined to enjoy his side’s lofty position in the table even if it’s only temporary.

“We’re up to second in the table now which is obviously a good thing and it was a good team effort from everyone to get the game on in the first place,” he said.

“The pitch held up well and the ground staff have to take a lot of credit for that.

“Shortwood have two games in hand over us but we will enjoy sitting in second, however long it lasts for, and we’re going the way we want to go.

“We’ll enjoy being second even if we’re only there for a week and then see what happens after that.”

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