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6th Jul, 2022

Oakes hails 'excellent' performance as Fairfield Villa book cup final place

PAUL OAKES praised an ‘excellent’ performance after Fairfield Villa booked their place in the final of the Midland League Presidents Cup with a 4-0 victory at Coton Green.

Villa travelled to New Mill Lane on Saturday in fine spirits and found themselves 1-0 up at half-time through Dan Wilkes’ first-time finish from Ryan Molesworth’s cross.

Connor Collins then bagged a brace of penalties in the second half before substitute Ben Smith capped off a brilliant afternoon with Villa’s fourth goal.

And vice-chairman Oakes could not fault the performance from the players who have given manager Wayne Davis a cup final to look forward to in his first term as manager.

“It was an excellent performance and the lads were up for it from the start,” he said.

“We thoroughly deserved the victory and the opposition had no complaints as were much the better side.

“I am really pleased for Wayne because in his first season he has reached a cup final which is an amazing achievement.”

Villa will meet Alvis Sporting Club in the final on May 9 but before then their attention’s turn to Saturday’s Midland League Division Two clash against Earlswood Town at the Recreation Ground.

Ben Smith, Stuart Hall and Adam Ricketts are set to return to the squad this weekend and with Villa fighting for a top four finish, Oakes told the Standard it’s important the squad does not drop any more points.

“Quite simply it is a must-win game for us,” he said.

“A win on Saturday opens up the season because players will be on the ball knowing that they have a cup final shirt to be fighting for.

“It’s going to be a tough game but if we play at our best we should be getting the three points.”

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