FAIRFIELD Villa feel they have turned the corner following their 2-0 triumph at Northfield Town this week.

A string of poor results coupled with a shortage of players had left Villa floundering near the bottom of Midland League Division Two this term.

But the combination of new signings together with the return of prolific striker Connor Collins appeared to make all the difference.

Villa spokesman Paul Oakes said: "We've already gone through some dark times this season and I was very down myself, especially with the commitment of some players we had signed on.

"Suddenly everything starts to look differently now and we have to set about climbing the table."

Oakes boosted Villa's ranks by bringing in wideman Jared Hill and centre midfield player Matthew O' Beirne, both from Paget Rangers and the pair made a big impression against Northfield.

Second half goals from Danny 'DJ ' Pitt and Ellis Blakemore did the trick but Oakes added: "Goalkeeper Aaron Collins made a great save when it was 0-0 and kept us in the game at that point.

"Northfield did go down to nine players following a couple of red cards near the end, but were 2-0 up by then and the damage was done."

Villa host Moors Academy this Saturday where a win could see them climb several places in the table.