Kinoulton Villa Vets 6 v 0 East Bridgford Vets
Date: January 4th 2015
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 6 v 0 East Bridgford
KVV Goal Scorers: Moore, Skinner (5)
Man of the Match: Skinner
Kinoulton got the New Year off to a flyer with a resounding 6-0 victory over East Bridgford. Playing on a pitch that was still carrying a very heavy frost and that rapidly deteriorated throughout the game, the conditions weren't exactly condusive to free flowing football but that didn't seem to affect Paul Skinner (although it did affect Simon and Tony quite badly!) Skinner, a summer signing who up until this game, manager Jeff Haywood had not really found his ideal position, was employed as an out and out striker against East Bridgford. Skinner showed great pace, great touch and some quality finishing as he bagged 5 goals.
For the first 20 minutes, the 2 sides were pretty evenly matched although it was Villa who seemed to be creating more clear cut chances. Simon went close on a few occasions with a free kick and then a drive from the edge of the box, both saved well by the keeper. He then contrived to show that his miss from 2 yards a few weeks ago was no fluke as he once again put the ball over the bar when it seemed harder to miss. This time he also cleared the fence which Colin was delighted about. It was Moore who did eventually open the scoring however, knocking in a loose ball after good work down the right from Skinner and Terry.
A game changing save from semi-fit again Haywood kept Villa in the lead and from then on, it was pretty much the Paul Skinner show. His first came after an alert follow up after the keeper had saved. This made it 2-0 at half time and when he made it 3-0 soon after the restart, East Bridgford struggled to keep up with the tempo and Villa started to run away with it. Wol, replacing Jeff in goal for the 2nd half had little to do, whilst Paul Hallam replacing the injured Deano put in a good shift down the left hand side creating 2 of Skinners second half goals, although he will be wondering how he failed to add to his goal scoring tally when he put a header from a few yards over the crossbar.
It was a sad return for former Villa player "Big Mark" whose trademark toe punt seemed to be appreciated by his new team mates as much as it is missed by his old ones. A first clean sheet of the season thanks in no small part to a solid performance from both Dr Blood and Ponytail and of course Tom who has surely cemented his place at left back!
A morale boosting victory but there will be undoubtedly bigger challenges to come! Interestingly however, this was the first game that manager Haywood had actually seen his team end the game victoriously. In all of Villa's previous wins, Jeff has either not been present or had gone home with his side trailing!