18th Jan, 2019

Pleasing start for Fairfield Villa

Craig Gibbons 15th Aug, 2018 Updated: 15th Aug, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa vice-chairman Paul Oakes has been left pleased with the club’s positive start to the new Midland League Division Two campaign.

The Recreation Ground side opened their account with a 2-0 home victory over Knowle last Saturday.

Connor Collins bagged both goals as Fairfield claimed their first victory on the opening day of the season since 2014 when they edged past Paget Rangers.

Fairfield were then involved in a seven-goal thriller on Tuesday night, claiming a 4-3 victory over GJ Singh’s Barnt Green Spartak with all the goals coming in the first half.

Spartak had taken the lead inside the first minute before Alex Dugmore levelled the scores with just six minutes on the clock.

James McKeown and Pete Jenvey then fired Fairfield 3-1 up inside 15 minutes before a spirited Spartak outfit fought back to make it 3-3.

Ellis Blakemore then completed the scoring in the 35th minute when he was on hand to tap home the rebound after Collins had his penalty saved.

“It was just a really bizarre game and I have to give credit to Barnt Green for the way they fought back,” said Oakes.

“After going 1-0 down early on we showed great character to turn things around but we could have been out of sight if we had taken our chances.

“We were hanging on a little in the final five minutes and it was nice to come away with the win because it’s been quite a while since we’ve beaten Barnt Green.”

Fairfield will be hoping to make it three wins from three on Saturday when they make the trip to last season’s Midland League Division Three champions GNP Sports who groundshare with Coventry Sphinx.

Only the injured Jarred Hill and James Finn (wedding) are missing for Fairfield.

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