Kinoulton Villa 7 v 0 Tanners
Date: October 11th 2015
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Baldwin (3), Gardner (2), Skinner, Wheeldon
Man of the Match: Baldwin
With target man Tommo unable to play due to illness, manager Haywood, was forced into a few minor changes for the visit of Tanners in what was potentially looking like a tricky encounter for the home side. Haywood still had the good fortune of being able to rest two of his first choice defenders in the form of Mottram and Moon, electing instead to give both Wol and Steve Harris their first starts of the season. Tom Clarke resumed his position at left back with any hope of an advanced role now nothing more than a pipe dream, whilst at right back John Ponytail was preferred to Doug although the manager was quick to confirm that this had nothing to do with Jameson's recent snub in deciding to attend a fashion industry gathering as opposed to the team's traditional Christmas night out. Haywood also surprised a few when he selected main man Tony Baldwin in a Number 10 role for the first time this season with many thinking his goalscoring days were behind him. How wrong they were!
Villa started fast and attacked in numbers. Byron was enjoying his best game in a Villa shirt with some strong runs down the left hand side and some great long range efforts only narrowly missing the target. Simon and Jim were controlling the midfield whilst Mark and Skinner were linking down the right hand channel. All that was missing for the first 25 minutes was a goal despite corner after corner and shot after shot.
The deadlock was finally broken when Skinner held the ball well before beating his man on the right hand side and delivering a cross to the far post. The resurgent Baldwin was ready and waiting but still had a lot of work to do to keep the ball down as he back tracked. But he somehow managed it and Villa were a goal to the good.
Villa were far from complacent with their lead and continued to press resulting in more corners and more chances, with Skinner, Byron and Simon all going close. Knoulton's lead was doubled when the advancing Clarke linked well with Byron and delivered a hard and low cross into the opposition box. The goal machine that is Paul Skinner threw himself at it and smashed the ball into the back of the net for a true striker's goal.
With only seconds to play in the first half, Simon achieved his first TKO of the season when his opposite number saw fit to try and block his shot. Sadly for the defender, Simon's momentum resulted in a rather heavy collision with the player barely able to walk. Half time Villa leading 2-0 and Tanners down to ten men.
Haywood's half time team talk cited Villa's lack of clinicallity and he stressed the need for another early goal to seal the victory. His words were still fresh in everyone's thoughts when after a slip by the Villa defence, Tanners looked certain to pull a goal back. Haywood, in the Villa goal, had other ideas. In what can only be described as an audition for England's failing Rugby Team, Haywood grappled the opposition striker to the floor inside the penalty box. Fortunately for Villa, and for Haywood, there were only 2 people on the pitch who didn't think it was a penalty and one of them was the ever reliable referee Dr. Moon. John Ponytail, who was running the line, agreed it probably was a penalty but he didn't flag as he had a bad arm and besides the last time he gave a penalty as linesman, Jeff gave him a right mouthful. Fair enough.
At 2-1, the game might have been a different story but after the controversy Villa were able to settle and take control again and the goals started to flow. Tony got his second following a great dribble and pull back by Mark. Jim got himself on the scoresheet when the oppostion goalkeeper decided to dive over his well directed, if somewhat tame, shot. Mark, himself, added to the score following a fast counter attack and neat finish before Jim's second, a cracking volley from the edge of the area following a clearance from a corner. And then finally, star man Tony Baldwin completed his hat-trick and man of the match performance with some great control and a looping finish. With that, he was promptly replaced by John Ponytail!
Another resounding victory for Villa that takes their goal tally to a spectacular 22 in just 4 games with only 3 conceeded. Did someone mention The Invincibles?