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Oakes: Defeat at Alvis was the lowest point in my time at Fairfield

Craig Gibbons 16th Mar, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes said last Saturday’s defeat at title hopefuls Alvis Sporting Club was one of the ‘lowest points’ in his managerial career.

Villa slumped to a heavy 6-0 defeat to Alvis last weekend, their worst loss this season, leaving them three points off the top half of the Midland League Division Two table.

After a run of 11 seasons at the top end of the table, Villa are finding life tough and for Oakes, the harrowing defeat to Alvis was hard to take.

“That was one of the lowest points in all my time I have been with the club,” he said.

“I take some blame for that defeat as we set up wrong in the first place but I expected the players to put a shift in.

“It was a really bad game and I look at myself and think is it time to move on?

“There’s eight games to go and I’ll be hoping we get some points on the board and then at the end of the season when the committee have their annual meeting, we will discuss where the club wants to go and it will transpire from there.”

Villa’s next game sees them make the trip to relegation-threatened Feckenham on Saturday (March 19) and the last time the two sides met, Oakes’ side claimed a 4-1 victory and he is hoping for more of the same.

“The players knew how bad of a performance Saturday was so I’m hoping for a response from them,” he added.

“After our recent performances, I was expecting us to get a point at Alvis but it was a really bad game.

“Going into the game at Feckenham, I want us to win and recreate the performance the last time we met but I just don’t know what to expect.

“I’d like to think we are good enough to beat them but we will have to wait and see.”

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Villa will be without Gareth Parfitt and Steve Joynes as the duo have made the move to Hampton.

Scott Smith (ankle), Oliver Booth (ankle), Ben Smith (knee) will also be missing along with Peter Jenvey and Earl Jordan who have other commitments.


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