Kinoulton Villa Vets 2 v 3 Tollerton Vets
Date: October 19th 2014
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 2 v 3 Tollerton Vets
KVV Goal Scorers: Tommo (2)
Man of the Match: Tommo
It's now 5 games without a win for Villa, our worst run of form for a number of seasons. Full of confidence from a much improved, yet fruitless, performance against Bingham, their was an air of expectancy within the dressing room that this was the match that would kickstart the spluttering season. A strong line up saw the return of "safe hands" Haywood in between the sticks, the centreback pairing of choice in Steve and Wol, the experience of Tommo and Tony up front and Paul Hallam making his first start on the left. Tom had dropped into the left back position after Colin had forgotten the requirement for a pair of boots and some shin pads when he left the house to play football that morning.
Having won the toss, Villa elected to play downhill with a strong wind behind them and a glaring sun beaming down on to the Tollerton goal area. With all these elements in place Villa should have created more chances and applied more pressure to the Tollerton goal. But from only a handful of efforts in the first half, including a rasping drive from Paul H which sailed just wide, Villa were only able to convert one chance when Tommo was sent clear on the left before rifling in a thrunderous half volley into the roof of the net. At the other end, Tollerton threatened very little although Villa were lucky when a goaline technology decision went their way despite the appeals of the opposition.
With only a 1-0 lead at half time, the second half uphill and into the wind was always going to be a challenge. Tollerton made much better use of the conditions firing long high balls over the top with the Villa defence often blinded by the sun. Jeff was called into action on a number of occasions and made some fine saves but an equalizer was inevitable and another long ball saw it break to their striker who finished cooly.
The second half was littered with niggling fouls as both sets of players struggled in the blustery conditions. It was difficult to see how Villa were going to get a result but following a break down the right, a good cross into the middle saw Tommo get his, and Villa's, second goal of the game with a nice header to regain the lead.
Unfortunately, the lead was shortlived, a Tollerton's constant bombardment of the Villa half supported by the wind, resulted in 2 further goals in the last 15 minutes and for Villa to once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Much debate in the pub afterwards about what is not quite working. The next game could well see some fundamental changes.