By Dan Harrison

Villa came from behind to seal their third consecutive Reserve League South title, with a victory over Fulham.

Barry Bannan and skipper Ciaran Clark scored within two minutes of each other in a blistering first-half spell, after Michael Uwezu put the Cottagers ahead at Bodymoor Heath.

From there on in, Kevin MacDonald's team controlled proceedings and a workmanlike second-half showing ensured they got the win needed to secure the title.

Billy McKinlay's Fulham - one of only two teams who could catch Villa going into the game - took the lead on 13 minutes.

An excellent run and cross from Keanu Marsh Brown on the right hand side was finished off from close range by Uwezu.

But on the half-hour mark, Villa were level through Bannan. The midfielder thumped home Andreas Weimann's lay-off with the help of a deflection after good work in the middle of the pitch from Dominik Hofbauer.

And Bannan turned creator moments later with a pinpoint in-swinging delivery from the right which was headed home by Clark.

Fulham's best chance to draw level came just after the break when Matthew Briggs forced Andy Marshall into a fine one-handed save after meeting Chris Butchtmann's corner.

However, the claret and blues had chances to extend their lead - hitting the woodwork on two occasions.

First, Bannan saw his curling free-kick come back off the goal frame, while James Collins side-footed against the post from Weimann's low cross.

Having wrapped up the league title, Villa will advance to a play-off game against the champions of northern section.

VILLA: Marshall, Roome, O'Halloran, Hogg, Clark, Davies, Albrighton, Weimann, Collins, Bannan, Hofbauer. Subs: Forrester (for Weimann), Bevan, Bradley, Carruthers, Williams.

FULHAM: Etheridge, Smith, Briggs, Pantsil, Toure, Temourian, Marsh Brown, Milsom, Payne, Uwezu, Butchtmann. Subs: Bettinelli, Pierre, Harris (for Temourian), Marquez Sanchez, Trotta (for Payne).

Stay tuned to www.avfc.co.uk for exclusive highlights from the victory over Fulham - and watch the match in full in the academy and reserves channel on AVTV.