Drewett at the double for Fairford to stifle Berkeley's comeback hopes
Fairford Town 4 Berkeley Town 1
FAIRFORD Town saw off a second-half comeback from plucky Berkeley Town to reach the third round of the GFA Challenge Trophy.
Played on a superb surface at Cinder Lane, the hosts went three goals to the good with Dan Drewett in fine first-half form.
The Reds made a bright start to the game with Callum Parsons putting them into the lead with a well-taken effort.
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The winger volleyed home after Nathan Gambling's shot had been parried on 14 minutes.
Drewett doubled the lead with a short-corner routine which saw the winger collect the ball before firing into the top corner from 20 yards just before the half-hour mark.
Drewett doubled his tally for the night on 31 minutes, dancing through three challenges before slotting the ball home.
Going in 3-0 at the break, the tempo of the game slowed up a little as Berkeley – to their credit – continued to try and play the right way and battle for possession.
The visitors got their rewards with a penalty from Tom Palmer on the hour after a shirt-pull against Steve Hall in the box.
Fairford had chances to further extend their advantage with Gambling, Parsons and Dan Bailey all going close.
And it was Bailey who put the seal on a good night's work with a stunning strike into the top corner in injury-time.
Fairford Town: Mitchell; Marshall, Stubbs (Curtis 66), Carter, Hall; Drewett, Traas (Brain 82), Bailey, Parsons; Gambling, Rudd (McLarty 55); Sub not used: Anderson.