Kinoulton Villa Vets 1 v 0 West Bridgford Notts
Date: March 1st 2015
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 1 v 0 West Bridgford Notts
KVV Goal Scorers: Mottram
Man of the Match: Skinner
Some of Kinoulton's elite players were missing from this enthralling match and did their quest for individual end of season honours no favours as Villa triumphed in a very tight match.
Following the mantra "before you win a game you must first not lose it" the Villa manager set his team up in the 4-1-4-1 format. The old guard of Dugo , Colin and JPT sharing the full back positions with the seemingly older guard of Tony and the Dr in between. Jim Gardner sat behind a new set of 4 including 3 trialists: Byron Elliott on the left, Ross Frame in the centre and Simon Mottram on the right, the jelly in the Sandwich being managers favourite Deano. Goal machine Skinner led the line.
Kicking off into a strong wind Villa matched a much improved WB team in a very even half. Byron fashioned a couple of long shots, one skimming the bar and Jeff "safe hands" Haywood patrolled his box like a tiger competently dealing with shots and crosses alike. The major talking point was Jim contriving to miss an open goal by heading over from 5 feet joining our own Simon , Tony and Paul Hallam in line for the "Miss of the season" award at the end of the campaign.
0-0 at half time and with the wind behind them, Villa played a much higher line in the second half forcing WB back and creating a number of chances, all but one spurned, mostly by the Goal Machine who despite putting a good shift in was off target for once.
New boy Simon Mottram scored the decider with a nicely taken 15 yard effort from the right. The odd WB attack was dealt with by safehands who dominated and controlled the defence from the back. Villa saw out the 90 minutes in relative comfort to continue their winning ways with a 1-0 victory. Despite almost unanimous calls for Jeffo to collect the man of the match award for another flawless clean sheet, the manager selflessly gave it to Paul Skinner for his tireless effort.
Many thanks also to injured skipped Wol who refereed the match in the true spirit of the game.