September 29th, 2016

Villa boss let down by lack of commitment

Updated: 2:18 pm, Sep 05, 2015

GENERAL manager Paul Oakes believes the ‘dark times’ are behind Fairfield Villa after telling a number of his players they will not play for the club this season.

Before Saturday’s 2-1 win at Barnt Green Spartak, Villa had lost their opening three games of the Midland Football League Division Two.

As well as injuries to a host of first team players, Oakes said his side had not been helped by the lack of commitment from some of his new recruits.

But Oakes insisted those players will never play for the club while he and manager Lee Shaw are at the helm.

“I have been very disappointed with the attitudes of some of the players,” he said. “They had given us hope that they would play and it has not materialised.

“In hindsight some of them were panic signings, but we had to replace 12 or 13 players, so there will be about ten players that we have signed that have yet to kick a ball and will not a kick a ball under our current regime as we have been let down by their lack of commitment.”

However, Oakes said he was impressed with the spirit his side showed to defeat Barnt Green and he firmly believes there are still brighter times ahead at Fairfield, who face Coton Green tomorrow (Saturday).

“I have never known in the 11 years I have been at Fairfield to have so many long term injuries and unavailability through work commitment,” he said.

“But we have got through the dark times and we are looking to push on now.

“Rory (MacFarlane), James (Finn) and Lewis (Cosgrove) have not been able to play, but they have still come and got behind the lads, so the spirit and the togetherness has been very good.

“Lewis and James will be in the squad on Saturday. Rory should be in a week later and Ben (Smith) in the following week, so that will be nearly a third of the team which will be available for selection.

“Plus the signings of Dominic Strevens and Jordan Smith have been very impressive and I have got a couple of new players coming into the club, so we should be pretty much where I want us to be.”

*BROMSGROVE Sporting will travel to Cannock tomorrow (Saturday) to face Heath Hayes in the First Qualifying Round of theĀ  FA Vase.

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