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Alvis await in last-four for Fairfield; Spartak aim to continue Hampton's winless run

Ben Tyler 6th Mar, 2020

MIDLAND League Division Two sides Fairfield Villa and Barnt Green Spartak have been given plenty of determination to kick on after the latest round of fixtures were rained off last weekend.

Keith Draper’s Fairfield were due to play host to Alcester Town, while Barnt Green had been scheduled to face off against Hampton prior to the intervention of Storm Jorge.

While the Swans will not be in league action on Saturday, the small task of a Presidents Cup semi-final away to Coventry Alvis (3pm) presents Villa with no shortage of incentive to stake their claim to silverware come the season end.

Alvis, managed by Jamie Burkacki, were undone by Earlswood Town in a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night in their last outing, while Fairfield hold the upper hand in terms of recent history having won the previous meeting 3-2 in February.

Then, a Ross Dempster double, plus a howitzer from Scott Smith, were enough to earn Draper’s side all three points at Green Lane in spite of Matt Jackson’s red card.

The winners of the tie, should the weather allow, will then face the victor of the other semi-final between Knowle and Northfield Town.

Meanwhile, Barnt Green Spartak are set to host 12th-placed Hampton in a rearranged fixture on Saturday (3pm).

Solihull side Hampton have been out of sorts in recent weeks and are currently on a four-match winless run, losing their last three in succession with only one goal scored during that time.

The recent head-to-head record fails to indicate a clear victor for this weekend’s clash however, as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their previous clash in December 2018. Reuel Prescod was the Barnt Green scorer that day.

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