Villa urged to remain positive

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 08/10 12:23

PAUL Oakes has called on his Fairfield Villa side to put Saturday’s 5-0 Midland Combination Division One defeat at Hampton behind them ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Northfield Town (3pm).

Villa, who face a tough trip to Premier Division outfit Nuneaton Griff in the Les James Challenge Cup on Saturday, suffered a day to forget at Hampton with very little going right for them as they fell to a fourth league reverse of the season.

Having fallen behind in the opening few minutes, Villa were then reduced to ten men in the tenth minute when Stuart Hall was shown a straight red card for violent conduct, though Oakes admitted to being baffled by the decision.

“Nobody really saw anything serious happen to be honest,” Oakes said.

“Hally said to me afterwards that he didn’t do anything to warrant a red card and I believe him. Unfortunately we don’t have the grounds to appeal so he will now have to serve a three-game ban.”

Lewis Cosgrove then picked up an injury which required treatment on the sidelines and Hampton made it 2-0 whilst playing with two extra men.

Andy Nicol almost pulled one back for the visitors but saw his effort come back off the inside of the post and just seconds later Hampton raced down the other end and added a third.

Two more goals in the second half completed the home side’s victory, leaving Oakes to say: “The result came out of the blue really as we went there full of confidence following last week’s victory over Knowle.

“Nothing went right for us all day to be honest but we have to forget about it now and move on. We have some big games coming up and need to maintain our positive approach to those games.

“Northfield have not started the season well but in all the times we have played them over the years we have never had an easy game against them.

“Nuneaton are a very good side but we will go there with no pressure on our shoulders and hopefully we can play with freedom and express ourselves well.”

Oakes admitted to being frustrated by the lack of player availability he has been hit with in recent weeks, saying: “There seems to be a lack of commitment from some of the youngsters playing football today.

“We have a good core of loyal players who you know are going to turn up every week but so often that is matched by a number making themselves unavailable.

“I know it is not just at Fairfield that it is happening as I speak to plenty of other managers throughout football but it is frustrating and makes it hard to pick a balanced side each week.”

DROITWICH Spa will aim to build on Saturday’s impressive victory over Washford Lions when they return to Division One action tomorrow.

Tom Goss’ side ran out 5-1 winners to progress in the Worcester Junior Cup and will hope for another positive result at Hampton tomorrow.

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