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Oakes: Togetherness at Fairfield Villa starting to shine through

Craig Gibbons 18th Aug, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes hopes the club can push on following their good start to the new Midland League Division Two season.

After being held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Continental Star on Saturday, Villa recorded their first three points of the new campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory at ambitious Coton Green on Tuesday night despite having five first eleven players missing.

Villa took the lead through Ellis Blakemore before Lewis Smith doubled their advantage, however, Green pulled one back towards the end of the first half thanks to Andrew Millan.

The drama was not over as a last gasp penalty deep into second half injury time was saved by Villa keeper Colin Matthews but a retake was ordered after he was adjudged to have been off his line.

From the retake, Matthews proved to be the hero as he saved the second attempt to secure victory for a new-look Villa.

Oakes said: “We did not know what to expect from Continental Stat but we was a little bit disappointed to have not got the win, it felt like two points dropped rather than a point gained.

“But then to go to Coton Green with players missing and put on a strong performance against a really strong side was very good to see.

“Our keeper has made two fantastic penalty saves at the end to give us the three points and you can see the togetherness coming through in the squad.

“Wayne Davis and Lee Williams have done a fantastic job and hopefully they can carry on our good start to the season.”

Villa return to league action on Saturday when they travel to seventh placed Leamington Hibernian (3pm KO).

Davis is boosted by the returns of Pete Jenvey, Alex Dugmore, Oliver Booth and Omar Salih but he will be without Dan Wilkes (hamstring) while Ryan Molesworth (calf) remains doubtful.


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