FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes bemoaned the fact player unavailability has been a huge problem in recent weeks.
Villa slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Sutton United on Saturday, a result which sees Oakes’ side succumb to three consecutive defeats in Division Two of the Midland League – conceding 15 in the process.
With only one recognised defender for the game against United in Lewis Cosgrove, Villa found it tough going and the defeat leaves them seven points off the top half with only six games remaining.
Talking to the Standard, Oakes said his side were always going to find it hard to get a result with a limited squad.
“It was a really disappointing defeat and it was a case of the same old, same old,” he said.
“We only had 11 players for the game and only one recognised defender in Cosgrove so we had players playing out of position.
“How can you expect to get a result if you only have one defender?
“Players need to be available otherwise it’s a case of trying to fit square pegs into round holes.
“If we get a full squad available we’re halfway their to getting a good result.”
Villa’s next game sees them entertain an in-form Paget Rangers side that are unbeaten in their last nine league games and will be without Ben Smith, namesake Scott and Matt Seeley for tomorrow’s (Saturday) game.
However, Oakes is boosted by the returns of Pete Jenvey, Dave Roussell and James Finn.
“We’ve played Paget twice already this season and lost by the odd goal so it will be a tough game for us,” Oakes added.
“Ironically, the last time we played them we were low on numbers but for this game I’ve got a recognised defence so that will make a difference for us.
“But I don’t know what kind of performance I’m going to get on Saturday as we’re used to be a top side but this year has been a total change for us.”