4th Jul, 2020

Oakes: Win for Fairfield Villa over Feckenham will set club up nicely for cup semi-final

Craig Gibbons 23rd Mar, 2017

FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes is hoping the club can go into their President Cup semi-final against Coton Green next week with some momentum.

Villa travel to New Mill Lane on April 1 for the last four clash but before then, Wayne Davis’ men welcome youthful Feckenham to the Recreation Ground on Saturday¬†for a Midland League Division Two encounter.

Third placed Villa are hoping to make it three consecutive league wins this weekend but Oakes admitted the Millers could be a potential banana skin.

“On paper it is a winnable game but they’re a very good, young and skillful squad,” he said.

“There was nothing to split us the last time out and we only beat them 1-0 at their place thanks to a ‘worldie’ from Lewis Smith.

“Feckenham got a good win over Hampton at the weekend so their going into the game full of confidence but so are we.

“Hopefully it will be an exciting game and if we win it will set us up nicely for a semi-final at Coton Green.”

Villa picked up their third straight league win on Saturday with a 4-2 victory at Smithswood Firs.

Connor Collins put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes before Villa’s leading scorer added his second a minute later.

Sam Hulme pulled a goal back for Firs just before¬†the half hour mark but within a minute Ollie Booth restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage.

But the goals kept coming as with 12 minutes left of the first half, Tyron Smith reduced Firs’ arrears.

Villa though made sure of the points nine minutes after the interval as Booth grabbed his second of the game with a flick header.

Oakes said: “It was a really good game and when I saw the unavailability of some players I thought ‘oh my word’.

“Jon Myrie made his debut for us and looked very assured in midfield and Connor [Collins] looks to be back in form.

“We were pleased with the performance and we never looked in danger of losing.”

Villa will be pleased to welcome back a number of players who missed the game at Firs as Joe Brookes, Jack Connolly, James Ward and skipper Scott Smith return to the fold.

Stuart Hall, who picked up a nasty ankle injury on Saturday, could make the bench but Dan Wilkes (holiday), Pete Jenvey (birthday commitments) and Ben Smith (foot) are out.

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