Kinoulton Villa Vets 8 v 2 East Bridgford
Date: September 18th 2016
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Thompson (3), Skinner (2), Wheeldon, Chapman, Baldwin
Man of the Match: Thompson
With East Bridgford having secured an unlikely victory in this same fixture last season, Villa were determined that history would not repeat itself in this match. Injuries and availability meant that Paul Skinner was employed in an unfamiliar central midfield role for the start of the game but other than that, Haywood was able to field a reasonably regular starting line up.
Villa were quick to get the game underway, throwing attack after attack at the Bridgford goal. Tom Clarke, having performed heroics as a makeshift centre back in the last game, further cemented his defensive ambitions as he contrived to miss chance after chance in his more attacking role on the left hand side.
Villa took the lead in controversial style when Deano collected the ball some 25 metres from the opposition goal after the ball became loose from a corner. His sweet strike seemed destined for the top corner only for the retreating Tony Baldwin to stick out a boot and deflect the ball into the opposite side of the goal. Before Deano could even muster the thought of a celebration, Baldwin had wheeled away arms aloft to claim his first goal of the season.
This opening effort signalled the opening of the floodgates and more goals quickly followed. Paul Skinner nodding in unmarked from an outswinging Mark corner. Tommo then added 2 in quick succession before Chappo got in on the act also. At 5-0 the game was won and Villa were able to make changes with Byron replacing the ineffective Clarke, and Phil replacing Paul Skinner.
With such an advantage, it is understandable that Villa might have taken their foot off the gas. In the run up to half time, with nothing to lose, Bridgford started to spread the ball around a bit more and produced some half chances. They were unlucky not to get a penalty when Byron, attempting to make his first ever tackle in 2 years wearing a Villa shirt, seemed to bring down his opposite number inside the box. Tom Clarke, however, now in his preferred position of flag bearer, indicated that the offence took place outside the area thereby saving his mate from what looked a definite fine.
East Bridgford came out in the second half and continued to press and soon their hard work paid off. A lapse in concentration first, and then a mix up at the back, resulted in 2 quick successive goals for the away side. This prompted the reintroduction on last season's top goal scorer, Paul Skinner, this time in a more familiar forward role, and it wasn't long before he combined well with Mark Wheeldon who finished well after a run down the right.
Any Bridgford thoughts of a comeback were well and truly put to bed with the return of Tom Clarke, taking up a central midfield role for the disheartened Deano, still seeking his first Villa goal in 2 seasons. Clarke, determined to make amends for his first half performance, failed miserably and was as equally as shit. Thankfully Skinner was able to make him look good when he finished well to make it seven for the home side before Tommo reappeared for the final 5 minutes and was rewarded with a simple header to complete his hat-trick.
After the game, a reflective Clarke was keen to point out that whilst he was on the pitch the score was actually Villa 7, Bridgford 0. Whether that point will resonate with the Villa coaching staff remains to be seen. Final score Villa 8, East Bridgford 2.