19th May, 2019

Fairfield Villa looking to get back on a winning run

FAIRFIELD Villa will be looking to get themselves back on a winning run this weekend when they play host to lowly Hampton.

The Recreation Ground side have a chance to cement fourth place in Midlands Two on Saturday but will be without the injured duo of Dan Wilkes (hamstring) and Kyle Xavier (broken arm).

Hampton currently sit third-from-bottom in the league standings, a position which surprises Fairfield vice-chairman Paul Oakes.

“They’re a really good footballing side so I don’t know what’s going wrong down there,” he said.

“The situation they are in just baffles me but it’s one those games where if we show any complacency we’re going to come unstuck.

“We want to get ourselves on another winning run and a win on Saturday gives us the chance to cement fourth place.”

After being dumped out of the Les James Challenge Cup and Presidents Cup by AFC Solihull and Coton Green respectively, Fairfield responded with a 2-2 draw in the league with high-flying Boldmere Sport & Social Falcons last Saturday.

Ellis Blakemore put Fairfield ahead in the 38th minute before Boldmere levelled things early in the second half from a corner.

Substitute Connor Collins nosed Fairfield back in front after 56 minutes but the hosts claimed a share of the spoils with a stunning 40-yard strike which caught keeper Josh Goddard unaware.

“We got a great response from the players after the disappointing results in the cups,” said Oakes.

“With Alfie Bloomer and Ryan Molesworth missing and having to leave Connor on the bench due to an injury, we went over to Boldmere with trepidation.

“However, the lads did really well in in a game which could have gone either way.

“We both had our chances to win it at 2-2 but I think a draw was a fair result in the end.”

After the Hampton clash, Fairfield are on the road to higher-ranked Littleton in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup on Wednesday night.

Although Littleton sit rock bottom of Midlands One with no wins from 12 games, the Five Acres club are going through a transitional period having brought in a new manager and several new faces to their squad in the past week.

“Littleton have been very active in the transfer market and I’m sure more new faces will follow,” said Oakes.

“I’m expecting a completely different Littleton to the one which is yet to win a game in the league.

“However, it’s a game we can enjoy and we’ll see what it brings.”

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