FAIRFIELD Villa faced a 5-0 thrashing at Northfield Town this week to stay fifth in Total Motion Midland League Division Two.

Villa spokesman Paul Oakes said: "Sometimes you just have to put your hand up and admit you were beaten by a much better side.

"They were the best side we've faced this season and I would not be surprised if they went onto win the league.

"But while it's fortress Fairfield Villa at home, we clearly have a problem when we go away.

"We've now lost by seven goals at Knowle, six to GNP and five at Northfield.

"We went 1-0 down to Northfield in the first half, but were still in the game.

"Reuben Wilson hit the crossbar, Connor Collins fired narrowly wide and Ellis Blakemore had another good effort saved by Northfield's goalkeeper.

"Then, with the very last kick of the first half, Sam Wills makes it 2-0.

"Northfield came out for the second half and Andy Nicol makes it 3-0 within 30 seconds before going onto complete his hat-trick.

"But despite the defeat, we're still well up there and we have to learn from it - and quickly."

Villa have no fixture this Saturday as proposed opponents Moors Academy are involved in the Birmingham Vase.