Kinoulton Villa Vets 6 v 1 Tanners
Date: November 6th 2016
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Burghart (2), Chapman, Moore, Thomas, Own Goal
Man of the Match: Burghart
Normal service was resumed following last week's unfamiliar defeat. With manager Jeff Haywood returning to the fold following his winter break, Villa were also able to welcome back regulars Baldwin, Clarke and Chapman, all of whom had been too scared to face Bingham the previous week. Haywood still elected to start with all 3 players showing the indiscipline that clearly starts at the top.
Whilst Tanners could not be compared to the previous opposition, Villa still put in a decent performance, practically killing the game off within the first half hour. The return of Chappo gave Villa some added pace and energy up front and when the ball broke loose after quarter of an hour, a good turn a snap shot was enough for him to give Villa the lead.
Elsewhere on the park, Jim appeared to be wearing the correct boots this week and gave his usual commanding performance whilst Simon, restored to the starting line-up, finally seems to be over his horrific life threatening rib injury that still saw him turn out against Bingham whilst half the squad were lying on a beach.
The biggest cheer of the game came with the second goal when Byron, playing in an unusual old fashioned inside left position, went on a great run beating 2 defenders to be left one-on-one with the keeper. With the goal at his mercy he could only hit the keeper but the the resulting ricochet off a defender saw the ball fly into the net much to the delight of the rest of the team, some of whom seemed happier for an own goal rather than a Byron goal.
Man of the match Byronaldo was to have the last laugh however. Spurred on by his early effort, another good run down the left ended with a high cross to the far post where Simon was on hand to side foot volley into the net for a 3-0 lead. Arguably the best goal of the game and maybe even the season.
Having made two goals, the B-Rex then opened his own account with a fine finish to make it 4-0 going into half time. Whilst the score line suggested otherwise, Villa had taken their foot off the pedal in the last 15 minutes of the first half and Haywood was quick to make his feelings known during his half time team talk.
With some reporting that last week's defeat arose due to a lack of leadership and tactical awareness, the return of Haywood was sure to have a major effect on the team. Having tweaked the tactics and with Haywood's words still ringing in their ears Kinoulton took to the pitch for the second half and within minutes had allowed Tanners to pull a goal back.
Looking to deflect the blame from his own door, Haywood immediately substituted Simon, a player he had openly criticised and blamed for the loss against Bingham.
Whilst Tanners continued to make a better stab of it in the second half they were still struggling to muster many chances when faced with the now formidable Baldwin Clarke partnership. When Byron scored his second with a well taken lob over the Tanners keeper, the game was all but over. Despite this, Haywood was quick to discourage complacency and warned his players about making crazy decisions. With 10 minutes to go Haywood then replaced Chappo up front with Doug.
Cliff made it 6-1 when he beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper when one on one. Haywood's decision to push Doug up front was nearly exonerated with just minutes to go when Doug received the ball in the area, turned well and with seemingly just an open goal to shoot at, he almost kicked himself in the head.
Final score, Villa 6, Tanners 1.