26th Nov, 2020

Youth on Solihull's side in Fairfield defeat; Hampton hold the key for Spartak return

Ben Tyler 28th Feb, 2020

FAIRFIELD Villa became the latest team to fall victim to Solihull United’s unbeatable home form.

Youthful United made it 11 home wins from 11 matches at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in Boldmere with a 5-1 scoreline last Saturday.

Fairfield were quickly left staring at a steep uphill task after Solihull took a tenth-minute lead through Miracle Okafor and Gerrard Sam doubled the advantage nine minutes later.

While Swans goalkeeper Sam Allen-Ralph did well to get down to push a Ryan Andrews penalty onto the post, the midfielder reacted quickest to turn in the rebound to effectively wrap up the points on 35 minutes.

There were opportunities for Fairfield, notably a chance for Ross Dempster who forced an excellent stop from a free-kick.

Dempster was then left infuriated after Dominic Strevens opted to shoot, rather than tee up the dangerman in a pocket of space.

Full-back Keith Draper went closer still with a 30-yard crack at goal that cannoned against the Solihull crossbar, although a goal in the 43rd minute from Jake Wicketts finally gave Fairfield some reward for their enterprising play.

Solihull regrouped after half-time and Cameron Ebbutt added two further goals while Fiarfield substitute Ryan Gittings was denied by the post late on in an attempt to make the scoreline more respectable.

Ninth-placed Fairfield host Alcester Town, who sit in 12th place, on Saturday (3pm).


BARNT Green Spartak’s management duo of GJ Singh and Neil Martin will have their fingers crossed that Saturday’s trip to Hampton gets the go-ahead (3pm).

Spartak last kicked a ball on February 8 with a 2-0 loss away to Knowle.

Barnt Green’s Les James Challenge Cup quarter-final against Feckenham was postponed last weekend, and has now been rescheduled for Saturday, March 28.

In the last meeting between Barnt Green and Hampton, Reuel Prescod netted for Spartak in a 1-1 draw back in December 2018.

Green currently sit one place above their opponents in tenth in the table and with three games in hand.

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