Kinoulton Villa Vets 9 v 6 Hemmington
Date: August 24th 2014
Starting Line Up
A. Trialist 1
A. Trialist 2
A. Trialist 3
A. Trialist 4
A. Trialist 5
Final Score: KVV FC 9 v 6 Hemmington
KVV Goal Scorers: Moyes, Moore (2), Wheeldon (2), Trialist 1, Trialist 2, Trialist 3, Trialist 4
Man of the Match: N/A
With only a limited number of first team regulars available for this first warm up game of the new season, stand in boss David Walton was forced to draft in a number of young trialists and experiment with players in positions they were not used to playing in.
Starting with a new centre back pairing of Smith and Baldwin along with an unfamiliar front line made up of seasoned bit part player Moyes and hopeful trialist "Chappo", the team could have easily taken a while to settle into the game. But that wasn't to be. Within minutes Kinoulton had taken the lead through a sweet shot from Moyes, once again proving that it's not all about pace and movement. Indeed Moyes was majestic in his forward role, holding the ball up with strength and power allowing the midfield to get forward and create chance after chance. Indeed, so dominant were Villa up front that goals from Chappo, Wheeldon and one of the unamed trialists soon saw Villa race into a 4-0 lead. However, with Moyes blowing a gasket around the half hour mark, to be replaced by another potential new signing, the side lost some of their control and shape and allowed Hemmington a way back in. Some sloppy marking at a corner and some miscommunication between the new centre half pairing saw the teams go in at half time with the score at 4-2.
The introduction of Ball in the second half saw Wheeldon move to a wider role giving Villa devastating pace down both flanks. This proved too much for the ageing Hemmington full backs and Villa soon extended their lead when good work from Clarke down the left saw him square to Moore who finished with a sweet strike. Moore then added another with a pinpoint free kick from 25 yards that flew into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. For those that missed this wonder strike, he will be re-enacting at the next warm up!
Despite their dominance going forward, Villa's defending still left a lot to be desired and although they added another goal the score was soon 7-5 and Hemmington were gaining in confidence.
Controversy struck with goal 13. A straighforward corner from Hemmington looked to be floating neatly onto the head of Smith for him to clear when, inexplicably, the previously ever-reliable Wol, arguably Villa's best keeper for the past 2 seasons, seemed to palm and push the ball into his own net. Rumours regarding links to a Chinese betting syndicate are unfounded but we understand investigations are ongoing.
This "mistake" was to prove immaterial with Villa's pace and fitness proving no match for the tired legs of Hemmington in the last 15 minutes. Villa added 2 more including a well timed run and neat one on one finish from Mark Wheeldon. Final score: Villa 9 v 6 Hemmington.
A great effort for this first game of the season with Villa clearly showing their attacking ability. With a number of first team defenders unavailable, manager Jeff Haywood, could have some selection issues to block up the leaky defence.