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February 3, 2024 3:00 pm Hellenic Premier League 2023-24 0'

A tight and tense affair unfolded at Cinders Lane as Corsham Town were held to a frustrating goalless draw by a resolute Fairford Town defence. The Quarrymen were unable to unlock a determined Fairford backline, settling for a point in a hard-fought Hellenic League encounter.

The opening exchanges were tentative, with both sides probing cautiously. Corsham gradually established control, with the lively duo of Griffiths and Duggan causing early jitters in the Fairford defence. However, clear-cut chances were scarce, with Duggan’s effort sailing over the bar the closest either side came in the first half’s opening stanza.

Fairford had a good shout for a penalty on 43 minutes, but the referee was having none of it and awarded a goal kick.

More controversy struck on the stroke of halftime as Corsham thought they had broken the deadlock. Rusby’s acrobatic hook found the net, but the referee inexplicably chalked it off for a seemingly non-existent high boot, leaving the Corsham faithful bemused. The disallowed goal added further fuel to a tense atmosphere, with Fairford entering the second half with renewed purpose.

The second period mirrored the first in terms of intensity and tactical rigidity. Both sides battled fiercely for midfield dominance, with clear scoring opportunities remaining at a premium. Corsham threatened on 66 minutes when Swan and Duggan combined, but the latter’s shot flashed narrowly wide. Fairford responded with their own moment of danger ten minutes later, but their number 10 blazed over from a promising position.

As the clock ticked down, both teams threw men forward in search of a winner. Corsham piled on the pressure in the closing stages, earning a flurry of corners, but Fairford’s resolute defence stood firm, denying them a dramatic late winner.

The final whistle blew to the sound of mixed emotions. While a point away from home against a strong Fairford side is no mean feat, Corsham will undoubtedly rue the missed opportunities, particularly the disallowed goal. Ultimately, a goalless draw was a fair reflection of a closely contested match where both defences shone, leaving both sides to settle for a share of the spoils.

Corsham Town

Alfie Kelsey Goalkeeper
Dan Price Defender
Matt Swan Defender
Leon Greenland Defender
Mark Cooper Defender
Alex Hallett Defender
Nathan Davies Midfielder 34'
James Rusby Midfielder
Matt Jones Midfielder
Dean Griffiths Forward
Elliott Dugan Forward
Brandon Munday Midfielder
Ethan Hill Defender
Kye Simpson Forward
George Box Forward


Cinder Lane
Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4AX


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