Kinoulton Villa Vets 2 v 2 Bingham Town
Date: October 8th 2017
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Thomas (2)
Man of the Match: Gardner
Bingham once again proved to be Villa’s nemesis in a highly competitive game at Cotgrave. Despite creating a higher number of chances, the game ended deadlocked, as it did in the final match of last season, at 2-2.
Villa, still trying to bed in a plethora of new signings, had a wealth of options across the middle of the park and up front. At the back, however, with stalwarts such as Colin, Doug, Tom, not to mention the diminutive Wolly the Cat all absent, Villa looked light and Jeff had little option but to elect for a back 3.
In his search for a replacement keeper, Jeff had made an emergency loan signing from top league side West Bridgford Vets. Excited by his transfer dealings, Jeff had been excitedly telling everyone how he had signed an old Chelsea stopper. It soon became clear that Jeff’s hearing is not what it used to be when what actually turned up was an old Chelsea pensioner.
Whilst it had been hoped that Ady would strike fear into the heart of the opposition, it was actually Woody who looked the most terrified, convinced that the new goalkeeper was in fact a former custody sergeant that he had had dealings with in his long and distant past.
To be fair to the elder statesman, he did put in a solid performance and in truth was probably only responsible for 2 of the Bingham goals. He was also kind enough to rate us as good enough to compete at league level in the esteemed Sunday afternoon vets alliance. Sadly most of Villa’s current crop refuse to play during pub opening hours.
The actual game was a hard fought battle from the kick off. Throughout the team, everyone worked hard and was putting in tough challenges. Tommo and Cliff up front were bullying the Bingham defence. Jim was controlling the game from the middle of the park whilst Skinner and Nick were covering every blade of grass to support him. Byron and Chappo showed great energy to get forward and then back to help cover the defence whilst the back 3 held out superbly against a strong Bingham attacking force.
Villa's stand in keeper for the day!
Chances were limited but Villa were having the better of the game forcing a number of corners in quick succession with the Bingham keeper pulling out some very good saves. But it was Bingham who eventually opened the scoring. A long punt up the field on the break caught John Ponytail uncharacteristically off guard and the ball bounced clear of the last defender. Hesitation from the Villa keeper allowed the Bingham striker to run on to the ball and slot it home to make it 1-0.
Villa weren’t behind for too long though when around 5 minutes later a deep cross into the box found Tommo, who despite being surrounded by defenders was able to rise above everyone else and nod it back across goal. With the Bingham players claiming foul play, the ensuing melee found the keeper flapping before Cliff calmly slotted the ball home to make it 1-1.
With the game already simmering, the introduction of Woody brought it to the boil and his ongoing battle with the Bingham number 10 threatened to bubble over at any minute. Not only that but once again he was forced to contend with the returning snipers causing his now customary fall with no-one else in sight. His exasperation was clear to see when a sharp intake of breath resulted in a ripped shirt beyond repair.
With the scores even at half time, the second half continued at the same pace. Jim, having had a spectacular effort tipped over the bar in the first half, continued to drive the Villa offense. Byron and Paul continued to work hard down the flanks whilst Mark and Tony were nullifying all Bingham attacks.
With both sides now having to make a number of substitutions, the flow of the game wasn’t quite as sharp and so both sides began to create more chances as mistakes started to creep in. Villa could have had 3 more with a traditional Tommo piledriver saved well at the near post, a chance for Paul on the right and then what looked like a simple tap in for Nick that he somehow managed to put wide, an act that was to earn him the customary “special medal”.
Villa did, however, take the lead in similar circumstances to their equaliser. A loose ball in the box with defenders diving in all over the place, only for the ball to fall to Cliff who was once again cool and composed to put it in the back of the net.
With a sense of victory in his mind and a cameo central midfield starring role in which he would pick the ball up and weave through the tired Bingham players before slotting it in the top corner playing over and over in his head, Simon introduced himself into proceedings. You could sense his optimism as he strolled purposely towards the centre circle to take up his playmaker position only for Captain Tony to bring his dreams crashing back to earth with 3 cruel words “Simon, right back”.
With only 10 minutes to go, Bingham went hard in search of an equaliser. Despite every Villa players best efforts, the added pressure eventually proved too much when a hopeful cross cruelly looped over the Villa keeper’s head and crept inside the far post.
Having given everything for almost 90 minutes, both sides now seemed resigned for a draw and so it ended 2-2. Villa can be proud of a good battling performance and will surely take confidence that they can achieve a first victory over Bingham for a number of games when the sides meet again in the New Year.