JODY Bevan hopes a comprehensive midweek victory over Royal Wootton Bassett Town will signal a change of fortune for his Fairford Town troops, writes NEIL BECK.

The 4-0 success on a sodden Cinder Lane playing surface was Fairford’s first in nine matches and lifted them out of the Hellenic Premier Division’s bottom four.

Boss Bevan knows there is plenty of work still to do if his side are to banish the spectre of relegation, however, and wants to see the standard maintained in tomorrow’s testing fixture at third-placed Wantage Town.

“Wednesday night was much-needed and a good performance all round,” said Bevan.

“It means we can go to Wantage with confidence and I want to see the same levels of desire and determination.

“We have shown we are capable. Earlier in the season, the likes of Highworth and Thatcham were battering us but when we played those two teams recently, we put up a fight, as we did when we drew with Flackwell Heath.

“There has been a change in mindset and we don’t go into matches expecting to be on the end of defeats any more.

“We’ve had a huge turnaround in players this season and while we’re still a work-in-progress, there seems to be a real togetherness about the group.

“We’ve had some horrendous luck too and, although I don’t want to tempt fate, I’m hoping that might be starting to change for us now.”

On-loan striker Conor Lynch continued his good form with a double against Bassett, while ex-Hungerford team-mate, left-back Kallum Thomas, helped earn a clean sheet on his debut.

Bevan said: “Conor is doing really well. He’s young, enthusiastic and eager to learn. The Hellenic Premier is a good breeding ground as he looks to learn the men’s game and it’s a win-win situation for him, Hungerford and us.”

Bassett, meanwhile, have now lost eight league matches on the trot and will aim to stop the rot away to Longlevens tomorrow.

Table-topping Highworth Town will look to protect their three-point advantage over Thatcham Town at the summit with a victory away to sixth-placed Brimscombe & Thrupp.