SHRIVENHAM manager Gareth Davies felt his side were worthy winners as they secured a 3-0 home victory over Fairford Town in Hellenic League Premier Division.

Shrivvy were under the cosh for the first 25 minutes, but rode the Fairford storm and managed to grow in confidence as they saw out the first half with no goals for either side.

Josh Parsons opened his account for the afternoon with a calm finish five minutes into the second half before Fairford were reduced to 10 men after Ben Snook kicked the ball at a fouled home player.

Tom Ballard doubled the home side’s lead with a powerful drive from the edge of the box with 20 minutes to go before Parsons netted his second in the dying moments to wrap up victory for Shrivenham.

Davies felt that, after a hectic first 20 minutes, his side showed the confidence that they had gained from seven straight league wins.

He said: “It was a good three points and I felt we were worthy winners in the end.

“We were on the back foot for the first 25 minutes. We just didn’t get going and Fairford had some chances, but ultimately, they didn’t take them.

“We rode our luck a little bit, but the longer the game went on, the better we got. When our chances came along, we took them, and they didn’t.”

The Shrivenham manager paid tribute to his goal scorers as well as the man between the sticks, Mike Alexander, for playing a key role in their derby win.

Alexander was given the man of the match award as his fine early saves laid the foundation for an eight straight league win for Shrivenham as they moved up to seventh in the table.

Davies said: “There were two or three lads that did the business for us. Mike Alexander made two really good saves in the first half and kept us in it, if I’m being totally honest.

“Josh Parsons came in and when he’s in front of goal, he doesn’t often miss. He took his goals really well and Tom Ballard chipped in with another goal.

“It was just about being patient and staying in the game.

“We didn’t panic when we were under the cosh. We just rode it out and we always knew that we would get chances, so it was just a case of taking them when they come.

“Overall, it was a very pleasing Saturday for us.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Royal Wootton Bassett Town fell to a 2-0 defeat to Abingdon United on their return to league action.

Meanwhile, in Division One West, Malmesbury Victoria claimed a 3-1 win away at Cirencester Town Development.

Swindon New College were without a fixture at the weekend.