AN INJURY hit Fairfield Villa were ousted 2-1 by second-placed Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons in MFL Division 2.
With nine first-team players ruled out of action for Saturday’s game, it was always looking like being an uphill battle for Villa.
Player/coach Lewis Smith was forced to start, whilst three reserve team players in David Anani, Matthew O’Beirne and Scott Mancell were brought into the side.
Fairfield endured the worst possible start when going a goal behind in the opening minute.
Goalkeeper Josh Goddard’s throw out to Matt Jackson was miscontrolled and went back to the opposition, before being delivered back into the box and dispatched for the opener.
Lewis Smith went inches wide of the mark a minute later, when beating the keeper but also the post.
In what descended into a scrappy game, Fairfield fell further behind when Goddard delayed his clearance upfield, which was blocked by the Boldmere striker and then rolled into the net.
The first-half ended with few chances, whilst the second began in similar fashion – with very few chances being created.
Connor Collins made an appearance from the bench on the hour mark – a welcome sight after five weeks out – but he wasn’t able to have his usual impact on the game.
Smith went close once more with another left-footed drive, but he eventually found the net in the 88th minute when planting a header into the net.
Whilst it sparked hopes of a late comeback, it wasn’t to be in what was a below-par game of football, though Villa will feel they could have had more of a say with a full-strength team.
Fairfield visit Coton Green this Saturday (3pm), a team who sit just behind them in sixth, Villa having won the reverse fixture 3-1 in January.