Kinoulton Villa 9 v 1 Wollaton
Date: September 13th 2015
Venue: Cotgrave Leisure Centre
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Skinner (4), Hulse (3), Thompson (2)
Man of the Match: Hulse
Having ended last season with 10 straight victories, Villa continued exactly where they left off with an emphatic 9-1 victory over Wollaton. This was the same Wollaton side that had enjoyed a 3-2 victory as Villa struggled in the early stages of last season but there was to be no repeat of their previously sloppy start.
VIlla Manager, Jeff Haywood, handed debuts to three of his summer signings who formed part of a very strong looking line up. Andy Hunt won't have played many easier games in goal, whilst across the back line an unfamiliar pairing of John Ponytail and Tony in the middle were rarely troubled, although Tony took a few minutes to remember how to head a ball.
With pace and power up front in the form of Skinner and Tommo, and bags of speed and skill down the flanks through Mark and Byron, Villa looked to take control of the game right from the kick off. Playing a high pressing game, Villa were looking to retrieve the ball as quickly as possible when in opposition possession and create chances at every opportunity.
The first goal came after only a matter of minutes when Simon closed down their central midfield to gain possession before releasing Tommo down the right of the goal who finished with a divine chip from a narrow angle that left the Wollaton keeper stranded.
What followed over the next 40 minutes was a relentless display of attacking football that must rank amongst Villa's best ever perfomances. Mark was terrorising their 85 year old left back who could barely get his frame in gear before he had bolted past him. Likewise, down the left, new boy Simon Mottram and Byron were combining well with some great overlapping that was creating chance after chance. Through the middle, marquee signing Mike Hulse was driving forward and looking to get on the end of any loose balls.
If the creativity was good, the finishing in this game was sublime. Following on from Tommo's opening goal, Skinner and Hulse added a further 2 goals each, all of which would have stood out in any match. Tommo's second, a trademark thunderbolt volley came just 2 minutes after Wollaton had pulled a goal back with a great curling finish that left Hunt with no chance.
At 6-1 at half time, Haywood could afford some changes. The ever tardy Jim Gardner replacing Byron and former star striker Dominic Moyes taking up a central defensive role alongside Tony. Haywood later explained that Moyes had impressed in this role during training and that "if there was anyone who could plug a gap, it was Dom"!
With the game all but won, Villa started to play a more patient passing game. As would be expected for the first game of the season, legs did start to tire but nevertheless Villa were still able to add a further 3 goals courtesy of Skinner, with two, and Hulse to complete his hat-trick on his debut.
With this performance, and with more players to return, Villa have certainly laid down the gauntlet for the season.