Terry Moore and Ryan Lovegrove were on target for Fairford Town as Wootton Bassett Town slipped up in their efforts to avoid relegation.
Both the goals came in the second half after a first period that produced little in the way of chances.
The enigmatic Courtney Chessell had a shot from twenty yards stopped by Ian Gill on sixteen minutes for Fairford before the home side's Ashley Edenburgh – sent off in the previous league encounter between the two sides – was booked for a two-footed lunge on Leigh Jones.
With three minutes to go before the break Chessell beat Chris Mills down the left and crossed the ball in but a touch at the front post from Kenny Hawkins, beating the charging Gill to the ball, went just wide of the mark.
In the second half it was all Fairford again as Bassett failed to muster much in front of goal.
In the 53rd minute Steve Yeardley took out Lee Clark in the box as Bassett appeals for offside were turned down and referee Walker pointed to the spot. Ryan Lovegrove blasted the ball past the outstretched Gill.
Rich Willis spurned a Bassett chance just before the hour, heading wide a Rob Hopkins free kick.
Then at the other end Gary Hill found himself on the end of a cross from Shaun Carter. Hill blasted well wide when it was easier to score.
Bassett then jumped into life, albeit for one chance, thanks to substitute Harry Hambridge. Hambridge and Willis played a neat one-two, releasing the latter, but the 25-yard effort from Willis went wide. Chris Mills appeals for the ball weren't heard by Willis who could have played Mills in behind the defence.
With twenty five minutes left, Bassett gave away a throw in inside their own half and paid the price with Terry Moore doubling the lead for the home side, slotting the ball underneath Gill after finding himself unmarked.
A foul on Steve Yeardley warranted a yellow card for Kenny Hawkins in the 67th minute before Tom Messenger replaced Dave Tyler and a few minutes later Hopkins was brought off and Tim Kerrigan on.
Fairford should have grabbed two more before the end. Firstly, Bassett gave it away once more at the back and Ben Carter had his shot deflected wide by Andy Hallett.
Then a moment of madness from Gill gave Moore an easy shot on goal but his shot was blocked by Hallett on the line before Carter stepped up but his effort was deflected off the line and wide for a corner.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Leigh Jones – worked hard in the middle of the park and never got himself into trouble. Did well in tricky conditions; Harry Hambridge looked good on his return from injury and should fill in well for Matt Bennett when he leaves for holiday
Scoop Rating: 6/10 – A good first half followed by a poor second as heads dropped after the first goal went in. Never threatened the Fairford goal and lacked a spark needed to get a goal.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 12:53