13th Dec, 2018

Fairfield Villa relishing GNP Sports test

Craig Gibbons 28th Nov, 2018 Updated: 28th Nov, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa are aiming to inflict a first defeat of the season on Midland Two league leaders GNP Sports on Saturday.

Coventry-based GNP are yet to lose after 13 games since their promotion from Midland Three, with 12 wins and one draw to their name thus far.

GNP thrashed Fairfield 6-3 back in August and vice-chairman Paul Oakes is expecting another difficult test but is confident the squad is strong enough to come away with a positive result.

“It’s a free hit for us,” he said. “GNP are like the Manchester City of this division as nobody can stop them and they can pull in players whenever they need them.

“However, if we have pretty much everyone available then there’s no reason as to why we can’t get anything from the game.

“The lads will give it their best shot and we shall have to see what happens.

“As a unit, though, we need to improve when it comes to defending and it’s going to take a real good job to keep GNP’s 27-goal top scorer Tom Rawlings quiet as he is scoring for fun.”

Fairfield bowed out of the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup last Saturday in a 5-2 defeat to bogey side Redditch Borough.

Goals from Pete Jenvey and Ryan Molesworth could not stop a rampant Borough from securing a place in the semi-finals, thanks to four goals from Khurum Iqbal and one from Jack Albutt.

Oakes said: “It was a strange game because whenever we got ahead of steam Redditch went and scored.

“We did well to get it back to 2-1 and 3-2 but we got caught out chasing the game.

“We also hit the crossbar at 4-2 down so overall I think we were quite unlucky because after the 7-1 defeat to Knowle we wanted a response and the players did exactly that.

“I felt sorry for the lads but we cannot afford to concede soft goals from set pieces.”

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