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Fairford Town manager Jamie Reid on postponements, Tom Chamberlain and aspirations for the season

Winter has arrived and consequently has started to cause its annual reign of terror to football games up and down the country leaving managers like Jamie Reid at Fairford Town frustrated.

Their home game against Hereford Pegasus on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

It was their third game postponed in a month after games against Lydney Town and Pershore Town suffered similar fates weeks prior.

“We’ve been very stop start,” admitted Reid.

“We had a game called off two weeks ago and then we’ve had two games in the middle where we’ve lost one and had a great result at Wantage on Tuesday night.

“We were keen to carry on and build some momentum going forward.

“It is frustrating we’ve been stop start and it is about getting into training on Tuesday night and focusing on getting the points on Saturday.”

The 3-0 win over Wantage Town in midweek lifted Fairford back into 10th in the Hellenic League Premier Division and whilst Harrison Edwards took the plaudits for his brace, Tom Chamberlain’s goal will live long in the memory of those associated with Fairford.

“Chambo [Chamberlain] possesses a lot of quality and when he’s in team, keeps his head and discipline, he’s a massive player for us,” said Reid. “He scored a great goal.

“A few lads tried to say it was a cross but looking back at the footage, I do trust Chambo as he has the quality to score those types of goals.”

Unfortunately, the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury shortly after in a blow to Reid and his squad ahead of the notoriously busy Christmas schedule.

However, the absence of a key midfielder hasn’t deterred Reid in his ambitions for the remainder of the season.

“We want to improve on last season’s tally [13th] and for everyone in the league now they see the playoffs,” added Reid.

“If we can stay in the top 10 for the remainder of the season and then back end of the season, we can have a look at a late charge for the play-offs and keeping our season alive.

“We want to put ourselves amongst that group, be competitive every week and are disappointed in any game we lose.

Attention turns to Saturday’s encounter with another Hereford based club in Hereford Lads Club with the focus firmly on leaving with maximum points.

“The good thing is we know Saturday will definitely be on as Hereford Lads Club have a 4G surface so we know those sorts of games are guaranteed so you can prepare properly,” revealed Reid.

“When these games come along, it is important to get the three points and move on to whatever gets chucked at us in the Christmas period.”

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