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Oakes: Fairfield Villa have nothing to lose

Craig Gibbons 1st Mar, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes insists his side has nothing to lose as they face trips to title-chasing Alvis Sporting Club and relegation threatened Feckenham over the next couple of weeks.

Villa claimed a 4-1 victory over Hampton on Saturday, a result that lifted them to within two points of the top half of the Midland League Division Two table but now face a week off.

Oakes’ side then return to action on Saturday, March 12 as they travel to Alvis before making the trip to Feckenham a week later.

Talking to the Standard, Oakes said he was not worried by the two tough away fixtures later in the month.

“We have got nothing to lose,” he added.

“It’s a case of we have got to try and win every game now but looking at the table, I think we have cemented ourselves into mid-table.

“Alvis are going to be a really difficult side to play against as they’ll be hoping to avenge the 0-0 draw back in October.

“The game at Feckenham is also going to be a tough fixture but we have to go out there and have a right good go at both teams.”

Villa currently sit eighth in the table, just two points off seventh place Coton Green while having a game in hand, and the big win over Hampton at the weekend stretched their unbeaten home run to six games.

Second half goals from Lewis Cosgrove, Peter Jenvey, Earl Jordan and substitute Alex Dugmore fired Villa to the win and Oakes was more than happy to see his side pick up another crucial three points.

“It was nice to get the points but the performance from the players was very good,” he added.

“We controlled the game but it wasn’t until we went a goal down that we bombarded their goal.

“We hit the crossbar twice and probably should have won by a lot more.”

Despite the impressive second half performance, Oakes insisted his players need to show much more finesse in the first half of games.

“We just lacked that cutting edge in the first half against Hampton,” he said.

“We were always in control and passed the ball around well but we just could not break them down.

“In the second half we moved one or two players around and it all went on from there.

“Our new signing Scott Smith had a fantastic debut so overall, I’m really pleased with the result.”

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