Kinoulton Villa Vets 4 v 1 Sutton Bonington
Date: April 23rd 2017
Venue: Sutton Bonington
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Thompson.S (2), Chapman, Thompson.I
Man of the Match: Fairbanks
Special Award: Moore
As the only team to have given them a really good beating this season, Villa were keen to inflict revenge on Sutton Bonington on glorious Sunday morning albeit on a rock hard bumpy pitch. With only 11 players to choose from, stand in coach adopted an initial 4-4-2 formation partnering the returning Chappo up front with the prolific Tommo. Meanwhile, in midfield, there was a somewhat surprising selection in the form of Tom Clarke partnering Jim with Moore himself electing to play on the left and Moby on the right. Mark continued to fill in at centre half alongside Tony whilst Doug and JPT filled the full back positions as usual.
The first half was a hard fought affair as both sides battled for supremacy. With Tom and Jim’s height in the middle, Bonington were struggling to get anything over the top whist Chappo and Tommo defended from the front with great energy. Throw in’s for Villa also took on a new found threat, as Doug, who had clearly been practicing in his garden in between hairdresser’s appointments, had found and extra 10 metres on each throw which was creating mayhem in the Bonington box.
It was Bonington, however, who eventually took the lead when a lack of communication in the box as 3 Villa players went for the same headed clearance resulted in the ball being knocked softly out only for the Bonington striker to finish with a well looped strike.
The surface did not suit Villa’s usual pass and move style and whilst they were defending the ball well in the middle they were struggling to make any clear advances when they did have the ball.
In an attempt to win more possession and take better control, Villa switched to their preferred 4-5-1 formation which saw Moby move into the middle and Chappo adopt a wider role on the right. The impact was almost immediate when Simon managed to get a touch on a long ball from a goal kick to put it straight into the path of Tommo who, despite giving himself a narrow angle having gone round the keeper, finished with venom off the post to make it 1-1. Not only did this level the scores, Tommo’s goal also marked Villa’s 100th of the season to date. A remarkable achievement in just 19 games.
Villa appeared much more composed in the second half and gradually started to take control of the game. Jim, as always, was conducting things in the middle but with the energy of Tom next to him and the dogged determination of Moby to win the ball, Villa didn’t look like letting anything through the middle of the park.
More and more openings started to appear for Villa and before long they were 3-1 up with courtesy of Tommo again and then a pinpoint finish from Chappo. In between, Simon had managed to scuff a shot wide from 2 yards out for which he duly awarded himself the special award at the end of the game. The first time that a medal has been awarded to the same person handing it out since 4 seasons ago when Jeff controversially won man of the match for 7 games in a row, all of which were lost. To be fair, the opposition did used to nominate the man of the match in those days.
With only a minute to go, Villa were once again pushing for another goal and it duly came when a parried shot from Jim fell straight to the feet of Moby and even he couldn’t miss. Great to see him get off the mark.
Final score, Villa 4, Bonington 1.