FAIRFIELD Villa’s 13-game unbeaten run at home in MFL Division 2 was finally put to an end at the weekend, when they went down 3-1 to table-toppers Northfield Town.
The hosts knew it would always be a tough task against Northfield – a team full of experience and with players who have graced the higher leagues in their careers.
A 5-0 reverse scoreline at Shenley Lane in December offered Villa an opportunity to enact some revenge, even with a number of injuries in the squad going into the game.
But going behind after just four minutes certainly did not bode well for Fairfield’s game plan.
A corner-kick was easily dealt with, but the clearance inadvertently hit the referee, allowing for a cross to be swung back into the box that was headed home by Josh Westwood.
Forward Ellis Blakemore got Fairfield back on level terms after their misfortune on nine minutes, racing through on goal to beat loanee goalkeeper Reece Francis.
Fairfield stopper Josh Goddard had to be alert to deny Northfield re-taking the lead, but could do nothing to stop Sam Wills’ stunner that flew into the top corner of the net on half-hour.
Alfie Bloomer went within inches of levelling for a second time, but his effort floated just past the post.
Northfield then put a snap-shot wide of the post to hold a one-goal advantage at the break, who proceeded to manage the game expertly in the second-half.
The league leaders demonstrated why they sit top of the pile at present with the way that they dealt with everything Fairfield threw at them, going on to score a third in the 75th minute.
A well-taken finish from Tom Craine finished off the game and ended hopes of a Villa fightback, but there can be no shame in losing out to a side such as Northfield.
The big games continue to follow for Fairfield – who next host second-placed Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons on Saturday (3pm).