Kinoulton Villa 4 v 1 Wollaton
Date: November 15th 2015
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Clarke (2), Skinner, Thompson
Man of the Match: Clarke
Manager Jeff Haywood once again talked about complacency and the need to maintain standards in this repeat of the opening day fixture in which Kinoulton hammered Wollaton 9-1. It was a game that Villa expected to win and ultimately did but not without Wollaton putting up a much better resistance to the previous encounter.
Haywood was fortunate enough to be able to recall some real heavyweights for this match in the form of Dean Hodges and Doug Jameson. Hodges slipped seemlessly into his old position alongside Simon in the middle of the park whilst Doug was back doing what he does best...handing out the shirts in the changing room before kick off.
With an abundance of defensive minded players in the squad for the game, young Tom Clarke was once again afforded an opportunity to prove his attacking credentials with a position on the left hand side of midfield. Having set a precedent only a matter of weeks ago and becoming the first ever Kinoulton player to be fined for being shit, it looked like Clarke would be once again making a contribution to this year's tour fund. Whilst Villa started well, playing quick tempo free flowing football and creating chance after chance, they were unable to find the back of the Wollaton net. Clarke more guilty than most for spurning a number of opportunities to give Villa the lead.
Mark, as ever, was causing havoc down the right hand side and providing a relentless stream of crosses into the opposition box. Unlike the previous fixture against Wollaton in which every effort seemed to fly in, Skinner and Tommo were left frustrated. Finally the breakthrough came when once again Mark attacked down the right hand side. His low cross spun loose and miraculously Clarke was in position the sweep the ball cooly into the bottom left hand corner beyond the reach of the Wollaton keeper.
It proved to be a game changing moment for both Clarke and the team. On the verge of being substituted Clarke found a new lease of life which galvanised the team and Villa soon added a second, Skinner rising well to nod home a corner. Villa continued to press and it looked like the flood gates could well open. Against the run of play, Wollaton did manage to get a goal back, but even at 2-1 at half time, Villa looked certain to go on and win the game.
Despite his goal, Clarke was given the hairdryer treatment at half time from his manager for his perfomance in the first 20 minutes. He was warned to maintain the standards of the final 15 minutes of the first half otherwise he would be replaced. Within a minute of the restart another Villa attack down the right hand side resulted in an inviting cross that Clarke met with aplomb, powering a header in off the post to make it 3-1 and so secure his place in the team for the rest of the match.
Wollaton were struggling to penetrate the Villa defence with Tony and Evan dealing with everything that came their way with ease. Even Wol, on for Doug at right back for the second half, was afforded time and space to have a little saunter up the touchline every now again to supply some telling crosses.
Villa should have probably added a lot more but in the end there was just one more goal but what a special goal it was. Having received the ball on the half way line, Skinner turned and ran with the ball closely shadowed by arguably Wollaton's best defender. Skinner showed great strength and pace however to outrun and outmuscle the youngster and supply a fabulous cross for Tommo to meet at the far end with a typical thunderous shot. Whilst the keeper somehow managed to get his body behind the first effort, he was unable to hold on to it and Tommo was able to make it 4 at the seond time of asking.
Final score, Villa 4 Wollaton 1, but more importantly could this be the game that kickstarts Tom Clarke's season and he begins to realise some of the potential that his manager has been promising.