Kinoulton Villa 9 v 4 East Bridgford

Date: December 20th 2015

Venue: Cotgrave

Starting Line Up

Jeff Haywood

Subs

Doug Jameson

Colin Elliott

Dean Hodges

Steve Harris

Tony Baldwin

Mark Wheeldon

Paul Skinner

Tom Clarke

Simon Mottram

Byron Burghart

Terry Linley

KVV Goal Scorers: Skinner (4), Burghart (2), Wheeldon, Linley, Mottram

Man of the Match: Skinner

 

Match Report

After the disappointment of defeat to Bingham, it was key that Villa got back to winning ways in their final game of 2015. Having lost a couple of key players to injuries and with super striker Tommo absent through a predicted hangover, the result of this match was never going to be a foregone conclusion.

 

With a depleted midfield available, star player Paul Skinner was brought into the centre leaving a new look strike partnership of Tarka Clarke and Simon Mottram supported by, the less timid this week as there was no big scary man who might kick him, Byron Burghart down the left flank. Manager Jeff Haywood had talked about the competition for places prior to the game and how, at this mid-point of the season, attention would soon be turning to end of season awards in this pivotal 10th year for Kinoulton Villa. Whether his message was understood or not is unclear but all three front players conspired to hold their own competition in the opening 30 minutes when first Byron, then Tom and then Simon Mottram all put forward their own case for miss of the season, if not the decade.

 

Order was soon restored when Clarke was relieved of his attacking duties and goal machine Paul Skinner was returned to a more attacking role to quickly open the scoring along with the proverbial floodgates with Villa closing the half with a 3-1 advantage.

 

Having added a quick fourth early in the second half, Villa seemed to take their foot off the gas allowing East Bridgford right back in the game. In a frantic 15 minutes that saw 5 goals, Villa were suddenly on the back foot and despite still being ahead 5-4, there was an air of nervousness about the team and the opposition could sense the fear.

 

It was at this point manager Haywood knew what he must do. He needed an impact player to come off the bench and make a difference. A calming influence on the pitch with the ability to take control of the game and regain the momentum. Someone to lead by example and show the youngsters in the team how to dig in when the odds were against them. But unfortunately he only had Terry on the bench so he brought him on instead.

 

But what a substitution it proved to be as Terry ducked and dived and wheeled and dealed his way down the right flank pinging in crosses that had been lacking all game to reignite the spark of the first half. It took Terry just 10 minutes for him to make his complete comeback when the ball broke, he jinked past his marker and slotted it firmly in the corner of the net. It was such a glorious moment that even the referee was seen to join in with the celebrations.

 

Villa were lifted. East Bridgford were deflated. There was only one team in it now and Villa went on to score 3 more. Final score Villa 9 East Bridgford 4.

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