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Davis: Fairfield's achilles heel of defending corners cost us cup joy

Craig Gibbons 4th Oct, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

AFTER getting knocked out of the Les James Challenge Cup by Alvis Sporting Club over the weekend, Fairfield Villa boss Wayne Davis hopes his side can put on another strong showing in the league against the same opponents.

Dan Wilkes had given Villa an early lead on Saturday at the Recreation Ground but Kiam Galdins hit back for the Coventry-based visitors immediately from kick-off.

Despite some spectacular saves from Chris Mole in the Villa goal, his resistance was broken just before half time as Dildale Linton fired Alvis ahead.

Daniel Pidgeon then doubled Alvis’ lead five minutes into the second half before Pete Jenvey and Wilkes pegged Villa back to 3-3 to send the tie to extra-time.

Wilkes was then unlucky not to grab his hat-trick when his goal was ruled out for a contentious offside decision before Dean Kimberlin snatched victory for Alvis in the 115th minute from a quickly taken corner.

Davis praised his squad for their strong performance following their 5-0 drubbing at Droitwich Spa in the Worcestershire FA Saturday Cup the week before but blamed the inability to defend corners as the reason behind their downfall.

He said: “We could not get any worse at Droitwich but the defeat against Alvis was more encouraging.

“We had plenty of chances and I thought we bossed the game from the second half onwards but in the end, Alvis’ keeper has kept them in the game.

“Even though we lost rather unfortunately, we gave last season’s invincible league champions a good game but once again we got undone by our achilles heel which is defending from corners.”

Villa will look to make amends on Saturday when they once again entertain Alvis, this time in a Midland League Division Two clash.

Davis will be without Joe Brookes due to family commitments but is boosted by the returns of Lewis Smith and Daniel Price.

“We more than proved to ourselves on Saturday that when we are all in together we can give anybody a game,” Davis added.

“I’m just looking for another good performance similar to the last hour on Saturday. Alvis won’t take us so lightly this time but it’s up to us to perform at another high level.”

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