Kinoulton Villa Vets 5 v 2 West Bridgford Notts
Date: November 9th 2014
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 5 v 2 West Bridgford Notts
KVV Goal Scorers: Baldwin, Wheeldon (3) (1P), Moore
Man of the Match: Wheeldon
With manager Jeff Haywood still recovering from majory surgery, it was left to caretaker boss and statistically Villa's best goalkeeper, David Walton, to oversee a first victory of the season. Far from a classic but a number of notable highlights in a game which Villa dominated and in previous seasons might have scored double figures. It was great to see the return of two Kinoulton Villa Legends in the form of multi-millionaire Terry Linley, now known as "90-minute" Tel, and the Semi Professional Kilt Wearing Pizza Delivery Dutchman that is Dr Blood. There was a huge sense of relief from a number of Villa players when Dr Blood arrived, with everybody safe in the knowledge that at last there would be a ready supply of tape in the dressing room.
The team reverted to a standard 4-4-2 formation with Simon and Terry providing the width, Terry somewhat more width than Simon, and a new youth pairing of Paul Skinner and Mark Belton. Jim and Mark provided energy in the middle whilst Tony and the much missed Evan were solid at the back.
This was a match Villa never looked capable of losing, although at times seemed intent to try their best with some less than accurate passing and some even worse finishing! Nevertheless, a well whipped in corner saw Bridgford struggle to deal with the clearance and the main man Tony Baldwin was there to finish the scraps. Some said sloppy passing gifted Bridgford an equaliser but this wake up call saw Villa quickly retaliate with a well worked move around the penalty area and Mark Wheeldon finishing cooly. Mark followed this up with a second when a well hit cross looped over the keeper and straight into the corner of the goal. 3-1 at half time.
Having been unable to pass wind in the first half, never mind a football, Simon was moved up front in the second half with Paul Hallam coming in on the left. Bridgford's keeper was struggling to deal with the pressure being thrown at him with crosses coming in from both flanks and Terry in particular offering threat after threat. Wol's tactical move paid dividends soon after the restart with Simon spotting the keeper off his line and hitting a thunderous chip and drive to make it 4-1. Some reports have suggested the keeper may have got a fingertip to it but replays have proved inconclusive.
Shortly after, what can only described as the miss of the season, up to that point, occurred when after good play down the left, Paul Hallam fed Jim on the edge of the penalty area who did brilliantly to shake off his marker, create space and be confronted with only the goalkeeper to beat from just 6 yards. Wide. Goal Kick.
Simon, sensing the effect this might have on the up and coming midfielder, sought to encourage and deflect some of the embarrassment that such a miss can cause. His opportunity came quickly when, despite showing a great turn of pace and devastating movement to lose his man, and despite the usually reliable Terry crossing the ball at lightning pace, at a difficult height and behind the man, and despite the ball taking a deflection, skidding off the surface and hitting a bobble, Simon kindly put the ball over the crossbar from just 1 yard thereby sparing Jim's blushes the indignity of being a laughing stock down the pub after.
Some sloppy defending and an inability to clear allowed Bridgford another goal before some good work by Paul Hallam saw him blatantly pulled back inside the penalty area with Mark stepping up to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
A win at last!