FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes hopes the next two weeks will be a springboard in his squad’s season.
Villa face bottom of the Midland League Division One table side Earlswood Town over the course of the next two weeks and Oakes believes two wins could be a positive step forward for the club.
“There is a big opportunity for us here to build some confidence in the squad,” he said.
“I’m hoping that some of the lads that we have recently signed can help us finish higher up the league table.
“Dan Wallace will be looking to put a good performance in against his old club and we’ve got Alex Dugmore looking to get a full 90 under his belt.
“We have also brought back to the club Peter Jenvey from Perhsore Town so he’ll be available for this Saturday’s game.”
Villa have now gone almost six weeks without any competitive football after last Saturday’s scheduled game against Droitwich Spa was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
And for Oakes, the wait to play a game is beginning to take its toll.
“Our pitch last weekend looked really bad as there was four or five soft areas and the referee deemed it unplayable,” he said.
“It was disappointing that we could not get the game to go ahead but we are just desperate to play now.
“It’s lucky that we managed to get the lads training on Tuesday (January 26) as I had a few hours slot for the use of a 3G pitch.”
Victory at the weekend – weather permitting – would inch Villa closer to the top half of the table, but playing against a a side that has not won all season, Oakes is not expecting anything.
“We cannot be complacent as league position makes no difference to us,” he said.
“Last season, we finished joint runners-up to Leicester Road and that was down to losing to Coton Green who were bottom at the table at the time.
“We will be looking to not repeat that over the next two weeks against Earlswood.”