14th Nov, 2018

Fairfield Villa aim to cement fourth spot before thinking of title challenge

Craig Gibbons 8th Nov, 2018 Updated: 8th Nov, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa are looking to try and cement fourth position before they think about challenging for the title, says vice-chairman Paul Oakes.

The Recreation Ground side are flying high in Midlands Two after 11 games, currently sitting in their targeted fourth position with 23 points and are four points clear of fifth-placed Coton Green.

With only Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons, GNP Sports and Northfield Town slightly above Fairfield, it looks as though the title battle could go down to the wire.

However, Oakes told the Standard challenging for the league crown is not the immediate priority ahead of Saturday’s trip to Coventry Alvis.

“Our aim is to establish ourselves in the top-four in this league before we think about anything more,” he said.

“Coton Green had a poor result last Saturday and Barnt Green have struggled recently as they’re missing key players so both of them have fell away slightly.

“Moors Academy, though, are coming along nicely so we want to try and cement a place in the top-four and then see after Christmas if we can have a shot at the title.

“We’ve already played the top-two this season and there’s not a lot between us and them but we shall assess things in the new year.”

Fairfield booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup on Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over higher-ranked Littleton at Five Acres.

Alfie Bloomer (2), Connor Collins and Ryan Molesworth bagged the goals for Fairfield who had enjoyed an 8-1 thrashing of lowly Hampton in Midlands Two four days previously.

Collins (3), Ellis Blakemore (2), Alex Dugmore, Connor Gifford and Jarrad Hill were on target at the Recreation Ground.

“I was not there to see the Hampton game due to a family wedding but from what I heard it seemed the lads were a little bit disappointed they didn’t score more,” said Oakes.

“The likes of Connor, Ellis and Alfie, all seasoned finishers in front of goal, felt like they could have scored more but at the end of the day anyone would take an 8-1 victory.

“Then we followed that up with a really good display against Littleton.

“They gave us a wake up call when they equalised and from then on we controlled the game and scored at regular intervals.

“It was just disappointing to concede a goal in each of the games but it’s something I know the management team are trying to eradicate from our game.”

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