FAIRFORD Town boss Jody Bevan says his side are entering the unknown this weekend ahead of their first Hellenic League Premier Division game in a month.

Town have played two cup games in the meantime – losing in the Gloucestershire FA Trophy and winning their Supplementary Cup fixture – but have not played a league fixture since a 1-0 win over Ardley United on January 5.

Fairford host Virginia Water at Cinder Lane on Saturday, with the visitors going through a poor run of form – the Surrey side haven’t won in a six-game stretch that dates back to Boxing Day.

Town boss Bevan said their opponents should not be underestimated, though, and is instead focusing on ensuring his team make a fast start.

He said: “We should be fresh, but there is an element of the unknown in terms of how we’ll react.

“I hope we’ll be ready to go straight away. We had a game on Tuesday postponed, so that was disappointing because that would have been ideal to get that game in before a league game.

“Everyone should be chomping at the bit to play, so hopefully we won’t have any ill-effects from the rest.

“We’ve been training as normal, but we did have an extra session last week.

“Some of the boys have signed dual-registration contracts with lower-league teams, so a few have gone out and played a game or two while we’ve had this break.”

Before the extended break, Fairford had won three of their last four, while Virginia Water have been sliding in the opposite direction.

The two teams currently sit 11th and 12th respectively, but Bevan is wary of falling into a false sense of security against them, given the reverse fixture ended in a 3-1 victory for tomorrow’s visitors – a game he said Fairford fully deserved to lose.

Bevan said: “We’re level on points with them in the league, but they lost in midweek.

“When we went to their place earlier in the season, they had just come off the back of a 6-0 loss and were one of the best teams we’ve played this season.

“They beat us 3-1 and they were comfortable winners, so we certainly won’t be underestimating them.

“We’ve just got to look after ourselves, try and pick up the win and finish the season as strongly as we possibly can.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Shrivenham travel to Tuffley Rovers, while Royal Wootton Bassett Town are without a game.

New College host Almondsbury in Division One West, Malmesbury Victoria play Stokenchurch in the Supplementary Cup.