JODY Bevan is hoping for a change in luck as he bids to steer Fairford Town away from danger in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Fourth-from-bottom Fairford are now winless in six matches after having Steve Hall sent off in a 3-1 defeat at home to Oxford City Nomads last Saturday.

After their scheduled midweek trip to Brimscombe & Thrupp was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Fairford are due to return to action with an away game against another side in the bottom half of the table, Brackley Town Saints, tomorrow afternoon.

Manager Bevan said: “We had a good training session after the game was called off and looked as sharp and as bright as we’ve been all season, so hopefully we can take that forward.

“It’s all about avoiding relegation now. You never know with the Hellenic League how many will go down. It’s unlikely to be four but it could be, so we have got to finish fifth from bottom minimum.

“I’ve probably got more faith in the players’ ability than they have at times.

“I think we are potentially a top-10 team and we’ll need to show top-10 form for the last 12 matches to dig ourselves out of this position.”

Bevan has been unable to field a settled side in recent weeks and the theme continues this weekend, with Hall, Shaun Brian and Josh Gregory all missing and Dave Hemmings, Matt Boucher and Dan Gardner available again.

“We just need some good fortune on that front to help us gain momentum,” said Bevan.

“I’d love to get to the stage where we could name the same 14 or 15 players every week but the luck we’ve had behind the scenes has been staggering.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Royal Wootton Bassett Town will look to halt a run of four successive defeats when they welcome high-flying Flackwell Heath to the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground.

Inactive leaders Highworth Town could see their lead at the top trimmed to three points by Thatcham, who host Lydney.

Second-placed Shrivenham are at home to bottom side Tytherington Rocks – without a point to their names in 14 outings so far this season – in Division One West.