Kinoulton Villa Vets 2 v 1 Wollaton
Date: March 5th 2017
Venue: Alford Road, Edwalton
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Thompson S. (2)
Man of the Match: Wheeldon
Having secured 12-0 and 4-0 victories against Wollaton already this season, Villa could have been forgiven for going into this game with a certain air of confidence. However, on a cold and wet day combined with a very boggy playing surface and a much improved Wollaton side, the game did not follow the form book.
Whilst Villa were missing a number of key defenders in the shape of ever present John Ponytail and the formidable Wolly the Cat between the sticks, Wollaton on the other hand had clearly been on a European recruitment mission and had added a touch of continental flair to their starting line up. That said, the playing conditions weren't exactly suited to their game and their head to toe kit complete with snood and hat left the Villa players a little distracted. So much so that it was Wollaton who took the lead after half an hour through a speculative long range shot that was cruelly deflected into the returning Jeffo's top corner.
The playing surface prevented Villa playing the type of football that their season has been built on and with much of the game being played out in the middle of the boggy park, chances were few and far between. That said, the makeshift centreback pairing of Tony and Mark were more than equal to anything that came their way and the Wollaton strikers barely had a sniff on goal outside of the chance they managed to convert. So impressed was the Wollaton striker with how Mark administered his duties throughout the game that he even went out of his way to give him a little cuddle in the pub afterwards. New special friend.
Playing down the slope in the second half, Villa switched from their standard 4-5-1 formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 and slowly started to take control of the game. At one point it looked as though this might not be Villa's day as shot after shot seemed to rebound of every part of Tommo's body in all directions other than into the back of the net. The equalizer eventually came though with Tommo finishing well from close range before adding his second just minutes later with a simple tap in from a cross from the right.
Once Villa had their noses in front they were never going to let the lead go especially given the form of the back 5. All in all, this was a solid result given the conditions and with some tough fixtures coming up to end the season, it was great to see the effort and commitment of those involved. Final score, Villa 2, Wollaton 1.