FAIRFORD Town manager Jody Bevan was proud of the defensive showing from his team in their 0-0 draw with Bishops Cleeve in Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday.

Bevan’s side had come into the game on the back off a largely inconsistent run that had not featured a clean sheet since January 5, but they held firm for a rare one against a strong Cleeve side, who are fourth in the table.

Despite picking up a point, Fairford slipped down to 13th following positive results for a number of teams around them.

Town collected just their third draw of the season at the weekend, but Bevan was keen to take the positives from the goalless game and highlighted the lack of saves his goalkeeper had to make as one of the most pleasing aspects.

He said: “It was good point. We played well, but a draw was a fair result against a good team that are up there challenging.

“We had a bit of a wobble in the first 10 minutes where we let them through a few times too easily, but we didn’t concede and then from then on, I’d say we arguably had the better of the chances.

"Overall, a draw was a fair result though.

“I was proud of the defensive resolve we showed. We haven’t kept anywhere near enough clean sheets this year.

“We defended as a team very well. We limited them to very little after the first 10 minutes, so that was pleasing.”

But for all of the positives from a defensive point of view, Bevan admitted his side did lack the cutting edge necessary to find the net at the other end.

John Thomas had Fairford’s best chance of the game as they drew a blank for the second time in four games.

Discussing the attacking highlights of the game, Bevan said: “John got played through around 15 minutes in and he hit it wide.

"I don’t think either team had to make too many saves – possibly the final ball let both teams down throughout the game.

“It was a good, fair and hard game between two good sides and I’m happy to come away with a point.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Gareth Davies’ Shrivenham made it nine straight league victories with a 1-0 win away at Ardley United to move up to 42 points – alongside local rivals Royal Wootton Bassett Town, who were without a game.

In Division One West, Swindon New College went down 5-1 away at Cirencester Town Development.