FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes believes the club’s 2-2 draw against Alvis Sporting Club was one of the ‘best performances’ he’s seen for ‘a number years’.
Following their 4-3 extra-time defeat to the same opponents last week in the Les James Challenge Cup, Villa looked to avenge that defeat but looked in trouble as last season’s invincible Midland League Division Two champions raced into a two-goal lead inside the first half hour.
Dildale Linton and Thomas Maguire got the goals against the run of play but a total turnaround in fortunes for Villa in the second half saw Connor Collins pull one back before substitute Lewis Smith came off the bench to tap in the equaliser.
The battling performance was met by high praise from Oakes who told the Standard that Villa’s display deserved more than a draw.
“Saturday’s performance is up there as one of the best performances for a number of years,” he said. “We was excellent from start to finish and when I looked at there team sheet, I thought to myself ‘oh dear me’ as they had Tommy Maguire and Coventry Sphinx’s Ricky Cutting.
“But our lads were absolutely brilliant and we could have been 3-0 up in the first half but found ourselves 2-0 down and scratching our heads.
“Whatever Wayne [Davis] said in the dressing room worked as the players come out even better and showed great bouncebackability but it’s a little bit disappointing as we probably deserved the three points.”
Villa will hope to return to winning ways in the league on Saturday when they travel to second-from-bottom Bloxwich Town and are boosted by the news they have a full compliment of players available for the clash.
Joe Brookes however is missing for the month due to wedding and marathon commitments.
“It’s always tough down there as they are a very physical West Midlands team,” Oakes added.
“They may have won only twice but they’re not losing by many and we need to back up Saturday’s draw with Alvis with three points this weekend.”