Kinoulton Villa Vets 12 v 0 Wollaton
Date: October 2nd 2016
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Wheeldon (3), Chapman (2), Thomas (2), Gardner (2), Thompson, Skinner, Moore
Man of the Match: Wheeldon
Colin's reverse psychology seemed to have a profound effect on the team in what was to prove Villa's greatest victory margin in it's 10 year history. Whilst the pre-match dressing room was aloud with tunes such as "You're An Embarrassment" and "Yesterday's Men", the team on the day were anything but. The music did, however, seem to calm the tense atmosphere in the changing room when not one, but two, breaches of discipline were revealed. Firstly, ever present John Ponytail was said to be complaining of fatigue following an unauthorised appearance in a charity game on Friday evening, an appearance that was to cost him his place in the starting line up. Secondly, under intense interrogation, 4 times player of the year and now fifth choice central midfielder, Simon Moore, was forced to admit having taken home a sock following the last game and then failing to return it. A fine was naturally issued along with warnings about future conduct.
The game itself will go down as one of Villa's finest ever performances. Whilst the opposition may not have been the toughest, Villa's short sharp passing and intelligent movement would have beaten any of the teams that we are due to face this season.
With 6 goals in 3 games, Tommo could sense more glory as soon as the game kicked off. And indeed it was Tommo who opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when he broke through the last line of defence to slot home cooly with his right foot. Sadly that was to be his only contribution to the game following a kick to the calf shortly after to be replaced up front by new signing Cliff Thomas, who had started the game at centre half.
The loss of their star striker didn't seem to dampen the Villa spirits and the goals continued to come. Some great work in the midfield that included a second tackle in as many weeks from Byron, ended in a great piece of control followed by a turn and volley saw Chappo grab Villa's second before he also grabbed the third when he first to react from a rebound off the keeper following another Villa attack. Mark was unlucky not to add a fourth when his well struck shot cannoned off the post before new signing Cliff Thomas got his tally off the mark with a well taken goal to make it 4-0 at half time.
In the second half, the Villa midfield continued to dominate. Jim and Paul Skinner were formed an exquisite partnership, whilst Byron was having the game of his life down the left. New signing Moby settled in quickly on the right whilst at the back, the ever reliable Tony alongside Tom, Doug and Colin ensured any small threat was quickly removed. Paul Skinner's hard work eventually paid off when, despite missing a couple of early second half chances, he struck a perfect drive into the top corner 5 minutes into the second half to make it 5-0. Cliff then bagged his second with a good finish from close range.
With Chappo having been nursing a dodgy hamstring all week, at 6-0 he was replaced by Mark in a more forward position after he had taken a break at half time for Moby. It was to prove a highly effective change as Mark quickly added his name to the score sheet and then working well with Jim for him to make it 8-0.
Despite the scoreline, Villa still looked vulnerable. Sensing an imminent comeback with 20 minutes to go and in spite of his 6 broken ribs, match day tactical director Simon Moore decided to throw himself to the lions and put his body on the line hugging the right ring. And so it proved, the introduction of Villa's 5th choice central midfielder was a game changing moment. With just his first touch Moore played a pinpoint cross to Mark who, for once, fluffed his chance before he made amends moments later for his second of the game. Moore's contribution was telling in the build up to Villa's tenth as well which former skipper Jim Gardner converted well before Mark claimed his hat-trick just a few minutes later.
For all his hard work, it was only fair that Moore got himself on the scoresheet and his sublime chip over the keeper from 20 yards proved to be the decisive goal of the match. It looked likely that Moore would go on to bag himself several more goals in the remaining minutes but with Wollaton well and truly buried, the referee called time with what seemed like 5 minutes still to play.
A majestic performance from the whole team and with tougher challenges on the horizon, the only question now is, what is Villa's best line-up. FInal score, Villa 12, Wollaton 0.