FAIRFORD Town manager Jody Bevan was delighted to put a difficult week for the club behind them following a gutsy 2-0 win away at Easington Sports in the Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday.

Second-in-the-table Fairford had seen their six-match winning league run come to an end seven days earlier following a 4-2 defeat at home to Burnham.

Another tough day was to follow in midweek as Fairford’s home derby clash against Royal Wootton Bassett Town was abandoned in controversial circumstances.

The referee opted to call a halt to proceedings late in the first half on Tuesday night after a player from each side was shown a red card – with the dismissal of Fairford’s Callum Preece coming after he appeared to tread on the face of an opponent.

Bevan felt the win at Easington – which came as a result of Connor Thompson’s first-half goal and Aidan Bennett’s effort after the break – drew a line under a tough seven days for the Cinder Lane club.

“It was a very good, professional performance and one I am very proud of,” said Bevan.

“After the week we have had, to go to Easington, keep a clean sheet and win the game – with a couple of key players missing too – is fantastic.

“It was a week I don’t really want to go through again. Credit to everyone, we had to work hard all game and it shows the character we have in the changing room too.

“We were light on players – I had to name myself on the bench because we had so many missing.

“We are absolutely delighted because Easington have been one of the form teams in the league of late. I think they are unbeaten in seven and have been climbing the table very quickly.

“There won’t be many teams that go to Easington and keep a clean sheet.”

Elsewhere, Bassett showed they had no hangover from the midweek abandonment either as they made it three league wins on the bounce with a 2-0 success away at Reading City.

Charlie McCuish capitalised on a defensive mistake to put Bassett ahead at half-time before Brad Pagliaroli made the points safe for Sam Collier’s side in the second period with a crisp strike from the edge of the box.

Shrivenham were without a fixture in the Premier Division this weekend.

New College’s tough season in Division One West continued, with the bottom side falling to a heavy 8-1 defeat away at Stonehouse Town.

Third-placed Malmesbury Victoria had no game on Saturday.