FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes insists his squad are not just there to make up the numbers going into the final months of the season.
Villa currently sit eighth in the Midland League Division Two table and have struggled for form following several key players moving clubs or picking up lengthy injuries.
However, after an incredible six-week break from league action, Oakes’ side claimed a 3-2 victory over Earlswood Town on Saturday, January 30 propelling them away from the lower reaches of the table.
And with a trip to title-chasing Rostance Edwards on the cards this Saturday (February 13), Oakes maintains his side are capable of getting a decent result.
“The last time we played them we had a totally different squad,” he said.
“I’ve already had confirmation that our back four are all fit and ready to play and had a good response from the rest of the squad regarding availability.
“I don’t like to keep mentioning it but at the start of the season we had so many injuries and struggled to put out a good side.
“However, the long break has done us good and we are more than capable of matching the top sides in the league.
“We are not here just to make up the numbers.”
Following the fixture at Rostance Edwards, Villa go on to face Droitwich Spa, Chelmsley Town and Alvis Sporting club, all of whom are vying for the Division Two title.
However, Oakes insists his squad will be able to affect the title race.
“When you look at it, a lot of these players are involved on Sunday’s so things will get interesting,” he said.
“We have 12 league games left and I’m looking to win as many games as possible so we will definitely be playing a role in the title race.
“Out of the top four sides, Alvis Sporting have been the best side we have played so far.
“They have real strength in depth but they’ve only played 10 games all season so things could change at the top from now until the end of the season.”