THE SEMI-FINALS of the Presidents Cup are in sight for Fairfield Villa after a comfortable 3-0 win took them past Alcester Town last weekend.
New signing Ross Dempster was at the double, while Laurence Martin also netted in the victory at Stratford Road, meaning The Swans will now face one of either Knowle, Coventry Alvis or Northfield Town for a place in the final.
Alcester started the game on top but fell behind when a Fairfield corner led to a goalmouth scramble, one which Martin scrambled home to give the visitors a priceless lead.
The goal helped Fairfield acclimatise to the difficult pitch and kick on in the quarter-final clash, prompting Dempster to give his side some breathing space when firing home his first of the afternoon on 15 minutes.
A strong run by Keith Draper resulted in a stunning left-footed drive which tested Town keeper Dan Handley, while Alfie Bloomer went close to putting Villa out of sight when his shot was deflected just wide from Dempster’s cut back.
The second half continued in a similar vein as Fairfield continued to create the better opportunities, with Alcester sporadically providing a reminder of their threat.
Although Dempster wasted a golden chance in the early stages of the second half, he made amends on the hour mark with a classy finish to bring the scoring to a close.
Fairfield turn their attentions back to Division Two football in the Midland Football League when hosting 11th-placed Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday (2pm).
The Swans, who are stuck in tenth, last met Spartak in January 2019 in a thrilling 6-2 victory – with Ellis Blakemore and Connor Collins both netting braces that day at the Recreation Ground.