26th May, 2019

Fairfield Villa look to end Hampton jinx

Craig Gibbons 19th Jan, 2018

CONFIDENT Fairfield Villa are hopeful of toppling Midland League Division Two high-fliers Hampton this weekend, says vice-chairman Paul Oakes.

Fairfield welcome their second-placed opponents to the Recreation Ground tomorrow (Saturday), looking to make it three wins on the bounce in all competitions.

And after beating Coton Green 2-0 at home on Saturday, Oakes is confident the squad has what it takes to exact revenge on the 3-2 defeat to Hampton earlier in the season.

“In recent years Hampton have always been our bogey side,” he said.

“After our game earlier in the season, it was one of those you look back at and think ‘how did we lose?’

“Dan Wilkes missed a few sitters and Hampton hit us on the break so Saturday will be a chance to see how far we have come as a side.

“It will be a tough game but it is one we are looking forward to.”

Connor Collins had given Fairfield the lead against Coton with a sublime chip in the first half before Ellis Blakemore struck the decisive blow ten minutes from the end.

But the hosts had to ride their luck as the visitors had a ‘goal’ disallowed for offside and a shot which hit both posts, before the ball rolled along the goal-line.

“It was a really good performance and once Connor scored it settled us down,” said Oakes.

“It was real battle, especially in the tough conditions and we had some luck go our way.

“But the win keeps the momentum going and confidence high in the camp.”

Oakes also gave a special mention to 17-year-old Jack James who ‘acquitted himself’ well on Saturday and is looking forward to seeing how the former Stourbridge and Worcester City youngster progresses.

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