14th Dec, 2017

Oakes: Fairfield Villa aiming to beat record points tally

Craig Gibbons 21st Apr, 2017

FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes is hoping the club can break their highest-ever points tally which they set three seasons ago.

Villa ended the 2013/14 Midland Combination Division One (now Midland League Division Two) season as runners-up with a total of 56 points, 11 points behind eventual champions Cadbury Athletic.

With three games left of the current season, fifth placed Villa, who sit on 51 points, don’t have long to beat their record.

And the run starts with an away trip to Alvis Sporting Club tomorrow (Saturday) in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Presidents Cup final on Tuesday, May 9.

Last season’s invincible champions Alvis are on a poor run of form at the moment though, having won just one of their last six league outings.

“Alvis have got to win all their games to pip Droitwich Spa to the title but they are have seemed to have hit a brick wall right now,” Oakes said.

“It’s certainly a dress rehearsal for our cup final but after looking through the record books, we will want to win the game as we want to beat our highest points total in this division.

“If we can win on Saturday and then beat Barnt Green Spartak in the week we would have beaten our total we set when we were runners-up.

“And that would be another pleasing thing for the manager Wayne Davis to take out of this season.”

Villa go into the weekend’s clash at Coventry side Alvis on the back of Tuesday night’s 6-3 defeat at Paget Rangers.

Things got off to the worst possible start before the game even kicked off as goalkeeper Chris Mole had to pull out of the squad due to a knee injury.

Joe Brookes offered to wear the gloves but goals from Daniel Carter (2), Jeorge Smith (2), Dean Morris and Billy Fagg secured an important win for promotion chasing Paget.

Pete Jenvey (2) and substitute James Ward netted for Villa.

“It was a classic case of an outfield player thinking he was a goalkeeper,” joked Oakes.

“We should have been ahead though as we had hit the crossbar but found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time.

“Pete pulled one back but we rapidly went 5-1 down but once more James has reduced the arrears.

“Then there was a goal of the season contender as James has delivered a corner to the edge of the box where Pete has hit the ball first time and found the top bin.”

After Saturday, Villa travel to GJ Singh’s Barnt Green Spartak on Wednesday (7.45pm KO).

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