HELLENIC LEAGUE: Fairford hit eight...but it could have been more
PAUL Braithwaite felt an 8-0 defeat flattered Carterton after watching his Fairford side take apart their hosts in Hellenic League Division One West on Saturday.
Fairford picked up their biggest winning margin in a competitive game in the last decade as they secured the thumping victory at Kilkenny Lane.
The Reds also took their tally of goals put past the Oxfordshire outfit this season to 13 in two games, leaving boss Braithwaite in delighted mood.
“We needed that,” said the manager afterwards.
“I think it (a big victory) was always going to happen. A few weeks ago I thought it would start clicking into place and on Saturday it all came off for us.
“Everything went to plan and from what I’ve heard it’s Fairford’s biggest win in at least 10 years.
“To be honest we were a bit sloppy and it could have been at least 15 - I don’t think Carterton could have moaned about that. They were quite happy to go away with an 8-0.
“Carterton are struggling at the moment and we were up for it from the start. You could see the boys were enjoying it from the first couple of minutes and we went on from there.”
Fairford made a quick start as striker Alex Rudd notched for the second weekend in a row, heading home with just three minutes on the clock.
Rudd then set up strike partner Jack Allan before the 15-minute mark to double the lead.
The Reds’ impressive showing in front of goal continued with Dan Drewett hammering home a screamer moments later, before another clinical finish from the same man took the scoreline to 4-0 heading into the interval.
There was no let-up from the visitors following the resumption as Nathan Gambling - who had replaced Allan - netted number five.
Callum Parsons then raced away and finished well to make it 5-0 just minutes into the second period.
Two further changes followed with Steve Hall replacing left-back Colin Curtis and Matt Boucher coming on for Dan Bailey.
Captain Henry Traas found the net with a superb strike before Gambling completed his hat-trick with two efforts, the first coming after good work from Rudd.
Callum Parsons had the chance to score a ninth but he fluffed his lines from the penalty spot and the goalkeeper was able to make the save.
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