21st Nov, 2019

Oakes: Fairfield Villa must "stamp out" silly errors

Craig Gibbons 15th Sep, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

VICE-CHAIRMAN Paul Oakes insists Fairfield Villa must “stamp out” silly errors following their 4-2 defeat at Paget Rangers over the weekend.

With Ryan Molesworth, Daniel Price, Joe Mayo-Braiden, Ben Smith and Omar Salih all missing, Villa’s square pegs in round holes defence found themselves 2-0 down in the space of 16 minutes as Mark Williams and David Franklin netted from corners.

Lewis Smith pulled a goal back for Villa in the 32nd minute before an own-goal pulled the visitors level on the hour mark.

However, a free-kick from the vastly experienced non-league striker Mark Bellingham fired Rangers ahead ten minutes later – his 700th career goal.

Daniel Carter then completed Rangers’ scoring in injury time with the result leaving Villa ninth in the Midland League Division Two table.

Oakes said: “Being brutally honest, the fitness of Paget shone through on Saturday and they deserved the victory.

“But the main problem is we keep conceding from corners which is something Wayne [Davis] is disappointed about.

“We had only one recognised defender in Scott Smith on Saturday. We had a midfielder at left back and striker at right back but we cannot use this as an excuse.

“It was a factor in the defeat but the principle is you want your goalkeeper to be commanding and outfield players making the runs.

“We must stamp out the silly errors to prevent us from chasing games.”

Villa will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to tenth placed Earlswood Town and are boosted by the returns of Molesworth, Price, Mayo-Braiden and Salih.

Ben Smith will miss the game due to a one match suspension.

“After the disappointing defeat at Droitwich Spa the players were told to respond and they did so we want them to do it again,” Oakes added.

“Earlswood have not lost by many this season apart from when Droitwich took them apart so it will be a tough game.

“If we can get three points on Saturday it will put us right back in the mix and will set us up nicely for a tough October.”

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