FAIRFIELD’S recent woes continued, after being dumped out of the Les James Challenge Cup by Midland Football League Division Three side Birmingham Tigers.
With new manager Keith Draper away and still to manage his first game, managerial duties were left to his coaching staff for the first round tie.
Both sides were equal to each other during a drab start to the first half, with neither able to impose themselves on the game.
The first action of note came later in the half when a poor throw by the hosts’ keeper was sent straight into the path of player-coach Dan Ludlow, who fired goalwards from 30 yards out only to see his shot tipper over the bar by the backtracking shot stopper.
Sam Allen-Ralph was forced into a stop down the other end, but was unable to do anything about the opening goal just before the break.
A dubious call by the linesman not to flag for offside gave a Tigers’ winger the green light to continue his run, crossing for Idris Oyeniyi to fire home.
Chances in the second half were also few and far between, with the Swans unable to make their greater share of possession count.
The failure to test Tigers custodian Younes Abdulqader proved costly, as substitute Yaser Ammora sealed the hosts’ progression with a lobbed finish with nine minutes remaining.
Fairfield’s teething problems under the new-look management team are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, especially when considering the shake up to the playing staff currently taking place at the Recreation Ground club.
Since last week’s edition, Matt Powell, Joseph Heywood and Chris Hill have all joined from Studley, AFC Telford United and Gornal Athletic respectively.
Meanwhile, the club have been successful in their pursuit of former Swan Alfie Bloomer, who has re-joined the club this week.
Bloomer arrives at the club from Littleton, and will be hoping to match the 18 goals he fired for the MFL Division Two side last term.
The Swans host Coton Green on Saturday (3pm).