23rd Feb, 2019

Oakes: Fairfield Villa must stop the rot

FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes says the club need to quickly bring an end to their recent poor run of form to claim a top four finish.

Villa suffered back-to-back defeats in Midland League Division Two on Saturday for the first time this season as two goals from Billy Garvey secured a 2-0 win for Redditch Borough at the Valley Stadium.

Fourth placed Borough now sit just one point behind Wayne Davis’ side who have a game in hand.

And with Villa welcoming sixth placed Sutton United to the Recreation Ground on Saturday, Oakes believes the squad cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

“We put in a below-par performance on Saturday and we did not do enough to warrant the three points,” he said.

“I think it’s fair to say we have tailed off the leading pair of Droitwich Spa and Alvis [Sporting Club] over the past two weeks.

“We have managed to get some points on the board and then suffered some setbacks.

“There’s no divine right to win games and it’s time to stop the rot.”

Villa’s squad will be stretched to its limit on Saturday as Ben Smith (ankle), Darren Price (work commitments), Ellis Blakemore (family commitments), Ryan Molesworth (work commitments) and Adam Ricketts (hamstring) are all out.

But despite this, Oakes is confident the team is more than capable of getting a result.

“The squad is a little light this weekend but it’s time for other players to step-up to the plate and put in a performance,” he added.

“Sutton are a good side and always play the same way.

“They like to play out from the back and keep the ball on the ground.

“We always have great games against them but it’s time to get some points on the board.”

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