By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 18 October 2012 Updated: 22/10 11:41
FAIRFIELD Villa fought back from behind to secure an impressive 2-1 Midland Combination Division One home victory against Cadbury Athletic on Saturday.
The victory comes seven days after Villa eased to a 6-0 success at Northfield and leaves Paul Oakes’ men fifth in the table ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Racing Club Warwick Reserves in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup.
The Villa boss declared himself delighted with the performance of his side against a Cadbury side who sit second in the table.
“It really was an excellent result for us and for the first time in a while I noticed a great spirit amongst the lads,” Oakes said.
“It was a tight contest and had it finished a draw I would have still been satisfied. But we were excellent in the second half and I was delighted to get the three points.”
The contest started in poor conditions but the visitors opened brightly and they went ahead when the ball fell kindly for Butcher to race clear and beat Marc Rogers.
Scott Gaffney and Stuart Hall went close as the hosts looked to draw level but it was no means one-way traffic as Rogers kept the deficit to one with some good saves at the other end.
Injury to Steve Frost in the second half saw him replaced by Adam Pillinger and his introduction proved key to Villa’s revival.
His pace and trickery on the wing helped open the game up and with Martin Slevin shining in central midfield, Villa looked threatening.
They deservedly equalised through Hall after Slevin sent Pillinger away to whip in a fine cross and boosted by the goal, Villa went in search of a winner.
When it came it was a fine effort that started with Leon Mooney winning possession well before feeding Hall who returned the favour by setting up Pillinger to score his first goal of the season.
“I was delighted for Adam (Pillinger) as he has had a hard time with injuries but he was superb when he came on,” Oakes said.
“They struggled to cope with his width and it will be a real bonus to us to have him fit and firing again.
“It would have been easy to buckle when we went behind but the lads responded brilliantly and deserve great credit for that.”
Villa face an injury crisis tomorrow with all three left backs missing through injury as well as Hall beginning a three-game suspension.
“We will go there as favourites but we are pretty much down to a bare XI at the moment,” Oakes said.
“Having gone out of a couple of cup competitions already it would be nice to go through so hopefully we show the heart and desire required in order to do so.”
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