Gareth Davies is refusing to give up on Fairford Town lifting the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West title – although the Cinder Lane boss accepts his side are going to need a significant helping hand to do it.
Town play their penultimate game in the league campaign with a trip to Letcombe tomorrow before hosting fellow bottom-half side Shortwood United Reserves for the finale next weekend, as they remain level on points with Cheltenham Saracens at the top.
Maximum points from those games are all Davies’ men can deliver before sitting back and watching what Saracens, who have three games in hand, third-placed Carterton (five games in hand) and Hook Norton in fourth (four games in hand) do. With the number of teams promoted into the Premier Division still to be decided, the manager is primarily focused on a top-three finish to give Fairford a chance of stepping up.
“It’s out of our hands, he said in the Swindon Avertiser. “It’s just a case of trying to get the next six points and then we will be looking for a few favours. To finish where we have, or within the top four, is a massive achievement for the club and the lads we have at the club have done a fantastic job to get us where we are”
An intriguing element in the mix is Fairford’s Bluefin Sport Supplementary Challenge Cup quarter final clash at Cheltenham Saracens on Monday. Davies added: “I’m not sure what sort of team Saracens will put on the field for that one. They have a league game with Clanfield on the Wednesday so it may be that they rest players for the cup tie. We’ll be putting out our strongest side for our three games and we’ll see what happens”
Striker Lee Smith misses tomorrow’s trip, but Jack Ellis returns after a hamstring injury and Nathan Gambling and Danny Hale are also back.