Game 5: Fairford Town 1.2 Reading Town (FA Vase) 06.09.14
A few games were suggested for this year’s Non League Day before Alan and I decided on the all Hellenic League FA Vase clash between Fairford Town and Reading Town. The ground was easy to find and we drove behind the goal and round the corner to park the car before heading back to pay our dues at the turnstile. We wandered by the collection of washing machines on the sidelines to the clubhouse where there was an impressive collection of signed shirts and old pennants.
Reading Town hadn’t had the best of starts losing 5 of their first 6 league games in the Premier Division. Fairford took the game to them at the start of the half but gradually Reading took control and created a few chances. It was a surprise on the half hour to see the Fairford right back pick up the ball in an advanced position and then hit a screamer of a shot into the top left of the net. One of the best goals I’ve seen in a while. Fairford were unfortunate not to extend their lead just before halftime when they won a penalty for a foul in the box. There was a delay before the kick could be taken which may have distracted the penalty taker. He hit the ball without much pace just to the keeper’s left, only to see the keeper had guessed right to save the shot.
The second half saw plenty of chances and Reading took control with two goals in two minutes midway through the half. The first goal came from an excellent overhead kick into the top corner, swiftly followed by a cross to the far post where an unmarked player rose up and headed the ball down and in to the delight of the three man “Barmy Army” behind the goal. Fairford pressed for an equaliser but were almost caught out late on when a Reading breakaway saw a player hit a shot wide of an open goal from short range.