16th Sep, 2019

Fairfield Villa's poor start proves costly in cup defeat

Craig Gibbons 25th Oct, 2018 Updated: 25th Oct, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa were left ruing a poor start as they bowed out of a second cup competition in the space of a week.

After crashing out of the Les James Challenge Cup in a 3-2 defeat to AFC Solihull, Fairfield’s interest in the Presidents Cup ended last Saturday in a 3-1 home defeat to Coton Green.

Fairfield got off to the worst possible start, conceding a penalty in the first minute which Green’s captain put away before the visitors doubled their lead to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

After the interval Alfie Bloomer scored his fourth goal in five games to give Fairfield a glimmer of hope but their chances of forcing a penalty shoot-out ended when Coton snatched their third.

Fairfield vice-chairman Paul Oakes said: “It was a really disappointing result because traditionally we do well in the cups.

“In the first half Coton were the best side all over the pitch and in truth they could have been further ahead at the break.

“I don’t know what was said at half-time but we come out a completely different team.

“We got a goal back but got caught out trying to force the equaliser.”

Fairfield return to Midlands Two action on Saturday when they make the trip to league leaders Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons.

Ryan Molesworth and Alfie Bloomer are away but Pete Jenvey and Ellis Blakemore return for selection.

“It’s a huge test for us but it’s an opportunity for the lads to show their character and bounce back,” said Oakes.

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