FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes was all smiles after sides in-and-around the Midland League Division Two top spots dropped points over the weekend.
The Recreation Ground-based side were out of action last Saturday so Villa bosses decided to make the trip to the King George Playing Fields to watch fellow promotion rivals Droitwich Spa and Paget Rangers play out a 1-1 draw.
Villa’s afternoon was made better after second placed Alvis Sporting Club saw their game at Feckenham fall foul of the weather while Knowle suffered a 2-1 defeat at Barnt Green Spartak.
And the weekend’s results was a real bonus for Oakes.
“Sometimes not playing can be a problem but Saturday turned out to be a really good day without us even kicking a ball,” he said.
“However the lads are chomping at the bit to get going again and we have to approach our next game in the right manner if we want to walk away with all three points.”
Villa entertain mid-table Earlswood Town tomorrow (Saturday) and with Droitwich at January’s team of the month Coton Green and Alvis in Birmingham Vase action, Oakes says this weekend is a good chance to put pressure on sides around them.
“If we are serious about finishing in the top two then these are the kind of games we have to be winning,” he added.
“When their new manager came in they [Earlswood] had an upturn in form but they have not been doing too greatly recently.
“With Alvis falling behind in terms of games hopefully the fixture backlog will affect them and I’ll be very surprised if they go through the whole season unbeaten again.”
Ollie Booth (shoulder) and Joe Brookes (family commitments) are the only players missing for Villa’s game against the Earls.