Kinoulton Villa Vets 1 v 2 Wollaton
Date: September 21st 2014
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 1 v 2 Wollaton
KVV Goal Scorers: Tommo (pen)
Man of the Match: Mark Wheeldon
With Villa still missing a number of key players, manager Jeff Haywood was forced into a number of changes for the visit of Wollaton. New signing Paul Skinner lined up at centre half with Simon "Nobby" Smith with experienced stopper Ivan Green taking his place in goal for the first time this season.
Four times player of the season, stand in skipper and all round nice bloke, Simon Moore was struggling with a very heavy virus but still made himself available for selection and took his place in the centre of midfield when Jim Gardner failed to arrive in time for kick off, earning himself a hefty fine in the process.
Unfortunately, the match was very lacklustre with very few highlights to report. The strong challenges and free flowing passing game of last season seems to be missing this term. Some poor marking and a reluctance to close down throughout the team allowed Wollaton to score twice in the first half with Villa creating only one or two half chances.
Despite his illness, Moore did manage to last until half time before being replaced by the tardy Gardner. Ball also came on to add some bite to the midfield. The second half was a similar story, however and whilst Villa did manage to create more chances, the finishing was left wanting. An inoccuous challenge did give Villa a brief lifeline with Tommo converting a penalty but sadly that was as good as it got.
The game was somewhat ruined by some poor refereeing decisions with a couple of challenges in particular on Villa right back Doug Jameson leaving the player stunned and furious. "We've all got to go to work on Monday", Doug could be heard saying for the next 4 hours after the final whistle.
There were some positives to take from the game. New signing Chris Dafforne managed a full 11 minutes of the warm up before getting injured showing that his fitness is at least improving. We also discovered that Doug's ability to take a goal kick has nothing to do with his boots. His nice shiny new pair still resulted in everybody not having a scooby doo where they were going to go. Finally, of course, the new corner flags looked very nice.