Villa take the derby spoils

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 05/11 11:15

FAIRFIELD Villa’s impressive run of form continued with a 3-0 Midland Combination Division One home victory against local rivals Droitwich Spa on Saturday.

The victory was Villa’s third in a row in all competitions and they have conceded just once during that spell whilst netting ten times.

Tomorrow’s trip to 16th placed Coton Green, who Villa have already beaten 6-1 this season with the help of a Scott Gaffney hat-trick, presents a chance to extend that run but boss Paul Oakes warned complacency will be his side’s biggest problem.

“As long as the players don’t go into the game in a complacent mood then I will be disappointed if we are not good enough to return with all three points,” he said.

“We are in a nice little run at the moment and things are shaping up nicely so hopefully we can keep the momentum going with three more points.”

Villa’s victory over Spa was their eighth in the league this term and it left them fourth in the table, three points behind third place Hampton and level on points with Archdale ‘73 in fifth.

“Whilst we are doing well, we have to keep winning at the moment just to stay in touch because all of the sides above us and around us keep winning as well,” Oakes added.

Villa were disappointed not to be ahead at half time on Saturday, particularly given they felt a Martin Slevin effort had crossed the line, only for the officials to rule otherwise.

The second half had only just started when Adam Pillinger opened the scoring after Gaffney and Slevin combined well in the build-up.

Pillinger has been in good form since his return from an ankle injury and he grabbed his fourth goal in three games when making it 2-0 with a scuffed shot that deceived the keeper.

Gaffney completed the scoring when capitalising on a poor clearance from the keeper to seal a comfortable three points for the home side.

“I thought we were the better side and deserved the three points,” Oakes said.

“It was important to get the first goal because I felt once we could get ahead we would go on and win the game, and so it proved.

“A few weeks ago we might have got anxious and started over playing the longer it remained 0-0. But nobody panicked on Saturday, we kept going well and ended up getting the result we deserved.”

Villa be without Stuart Hall tomorrow as he serves the final game of a suspension whilst Pete Jenvey is a doubt with a hamstring problem. On the positive side, Oakes hopes to have Andy Nicol and Andy Pike available again.

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