Old Hill Town 2 Fairfield Villa 1

A SENDING off ruined Villa's chances of defeating high-flying Old Hill on Saturday.

Fairfield had been comfortably holding their promotion chasing rivals until Karl Jones was sent off for foul and abusive language directed at a linesman.

The loss of a player allowed Old Hill back into the match and take all three points with two second half goals.

Manager Neil Gallagher had no excuses for Jones' actions.

He said: "You can't do what Karl did and get away with it.

"It was a stupid thing to do because otherwise we looked like we might win the game."

Midfielder Dave Dainty made a fine start to his Villa playing career when he opened the scoring in the first half.

Dainty latched onto Wayne Davies' header and calmly slotted past Town's 'keeper.

Jones' dismissal in the 55th minute changed the game.

Goalkeeper Dave White then gifted Old Hill their equaliser when he dropped a routine cross and a striker stole in to score.

Villa then conceded a second minute later.

Gallagher said: "Up until the sending off we never looked like conceding."

Fairfield will be without Mark Ingle (suspended) and Martin Tranter (broken toe) for Saturday's home match against Loughborough (2.45pm kick off).