JODY Bevan praised his side for one of their ‘most disciplined performances of the season’ on Saturday after Fairford Town saw off Hereford Lads Club 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Supplementary Cup.

Nathan Hawkins’ well-taken free-kick put Bevan’s side a goal up midway through the first half before a late penalty, which was dispatched by Connor Thompson, ensured Fairford’s safe passage into the last eight.

The Fairford manager paid tribute to the quality of the opposition though, claiming they would not be out of place in the Hellenic Premier Division due to their quality on the ball and resolute defending.

Despite Hereford’s quality, Fairford stretched their winning run in all competitions to six – a feat that was only achieved due to great discipline on the home side’s part, according to their manager.

Bevan said: “It was not an easy game by any stretch, it was a professional job and a very, very good performance by us against a team that I thought would comfortably hold their own in the Hellenic Premier.

“They caused us a lot problems, particularly in the first 15 minutes, but we kept them at bay and slowly built our way into the game.

“Nathan Hawkins scored a fantastic free-kick to put us ahead in the first half, and I felt we controlled the second half.

“We got a penalty with 15 or 20 minutes to go – it was possibly a bit lucky – but I think we’ve earned our bit of luck and made it 2-0.

“While we might not have played our best football of the season, it was possibly one of our most disciplined performances of the season.”

Fairford’s victory means they have now not lost in any competition since September 10 – when they were beaten on penalties in the Floodlit Challenge Cup by Bourton Rovers.

Bevan says it is slowly dawning on his players that they are a ‘decent’ side and the luck that his team received on Saturday is a result of their hard work in every game.

He said: “We’re working ever so hard every week, the lads are doing a fantastic job and it’s like I said last week – everyone is coming together, and it was the same yesterday.

“Everyone has got a real belief and that’s building week on week that we’re a really good side.

“We might have got a bit of luck on Saturday, but I felt it was deserved, and on the reflection of play, we fully deserved the victory.”

Elsewhere, Shrivenham responded positively to manager Gareth Davies’ pre-match comments about players potentially losing their place at the club if poor performances continued, beating Tytherington Rocks 5-1 to also book their place in the last eight.

Steve Robertson’s late hat-trick made sure after Jack Allan’s brace had put Shrivvy in front.

Malmesbury Victoria and New College Swindon are both out however – Vics lost 3-0 on penalties, following a 1-1 tie after extra time, to Hereford Pegasus while New College went down 2-0 away at Abingdon Town.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town were without a fixture this weekend.