FAIRFORD Town manager Jody Bevan anticipates a tough encounter against a sharp Abingdon side this weekend.

Following a confidence boosting 2-1 win at home to North Leigh United in the Supplementary Cup on Wednesday, Bevan’s men return to Hellenic Premier action tomorrow.

Though Wednesday’s fixture came as a nuisance for Fairford, Bevan insists an injury-time winner left his side in high spirits.

He said: “Some players I wanted to rest did play 90 minutes which isn’t ideal. But the result was a good one, and to get a late winner is always pleasing.

“Abingdon are a side to be mindful of. We lost to them earlier in the season and they shocked everyone when they beat Highworth. We know they’re a capable team.

“I understand they have one or two players from Oxford United in their ranks so we can expect plenty of passing and sharp football - an area we’ve let ourselves down in this season.

“The win was a good confidence boost for us though.”

Shaun Bryan is out for a couple of weeks after picking up a knock on Wednesday, Martin Hall is sidelined until April and Nathan Hawkins is unavailable.

“We’re trying to keep a clean bill of health,” said Bevan. “It’s important the lads that miss this weekend do not switch off too. We’ll be using the depth of our team.

“It will be another tough game. Abingdon have had a good season and Sam Prior has done a fantastic job. They beat us earlier in the season and we want revenge. As a team we’ve come a long way since that loss.”

Highworth are not in league action this weekend as they travel to Shortwood United Reserves in the second round of the Supplementary Cup.

Jeff Roberts’ men will be looking to build on last week’s convincing 2-0 win at Brimscombe & Thrupp, a result which stretched Town’s lead to five points at the top of the Premier Division.

Shorwood haven’t been as consistent as their cup rivals, positioned 12th in Division One West having secured 16 points from as many games.

In Division One West, New College travel to Woodstock Town in search of a timely three points against their bottom half rivals.

Just three wins from 22 games leaves New College second from bottom on nine points, while Woodstock are experiencing a similarly disappointing year with four wins from 21 fixtures.

Fourth-placed Shrivenham are also away from home, facing bottom club Tytherington Rocks, who have failed to register a point this season.

A win could see Shrivenham jump up to third in the table ahead of Easington Sports, though the visiting side will have to rely on Sports dropping points against seventh-placed Cirencester Town Dev’.