Kinoulton Villa Vets 3 v 2 East Bridgfrod
Date: February 26th 2017
Venue: College Street, East Bridgford
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Thompson S, Gardner, Burghart
Man of the Match: Walton
As a late addition to the fixture list, preparation for this game was never going to be the best, and so it proved. With the aroma of stale beer filling the changing room prior to kick off and headache tablets being handed round like sweets, Villa were up against it straight from the off. East Bridgford, on the other hand, had drafted in a number of first teamers and were keen to exact revenge for the heavy defeat Villa inflicted earlier in the season. Luckily though, Villa had Tom and Tom is brilliant. Exempt from any fines after agreeing to play against his wishes, if it hadn't been for Tom, it is unlikely that the game would have even been played.
The warm up was a subdued affair with Villa's weary bare eleven shuffling uncomfortably in an attempt to show willing. Apart from Tom that is. He was warming up brilliantly, stretching his hamstrings like nobody else can and then powering some shots into an unguarded net with pinpoint accuracy.
Despite only having a bare eleven, Villa were still able to field a strong starting line-up with only one player seemingly having to play out of position. Things didn't begin well when Villa skipper Tony Baldwin lost the toss. Despite Tom advising Tony to call heads, he went against his star man and immediately Villa were put on the back foot. Luckily Tom was there to stop the direct attack and save Villa from a disastrous start.
Although Villa were clearly not in the best of shape, they did produce some decent football. Jim and Skinner further establishing themselves as an attacking midfield colossus. In truth, only Tom would be able to improve things in that area now, whilst down the flanks Mark and Byron were showing great skills and speed that they had clearly learned from Tom from when he used to play in those similar positions.
Inevitably it was prolific marksman Tommo who opened the scoring with a simple poachers strike to claim his 22nd goal in just 11 appearances this season. Only Tom has a better strike rate this season, with 1 goal for every ten minutes he has played up front this season. A truly incredible statistic.
Jim made it 2-0 with a neat finish and against all the odds, Villa looked to be cruising. However, despite assurances from the East Bridgford coach, who also happens to run the league, that he wouldn't be utilising any first team players despite their blank weekend, Bridgford made a number of changes that gave them a much more youthful look about them and Villa suddenly had a game on their hands.
Had it not been for the skills and heroics of Villa keeper Wolly The Cat, then the final result may have been something very different. Stopping everything that came his way with his, Wol put in a performance that will truly establish himself as one of Villa's top 3 keepers ever. If only Wol had scored a goal, then he would be right up there with the likes of Tony and, of course, Tom who is the only player this season to have played in goal and score a goal for the team, albeit not in the same match. Although it can't be long before he manages that as well.
Bridgford managed to pull a goal back and it looked like game on. Tom was not happy and was quick to chastise everyone for not being quite as good as him, but when Byron finished well from the tightest of angles, Villa were confident of securing victory. With minutes to go, Bridgford again pulled a goal back when the Villa defence seemed to part like the Red Sea, whilst Wol did his best Tom Daly impression in his only misjudgement of the game.
Villa held on to the end though and secured a good win against a strong Bridgford team. Whilst the talk in the dressing room afterwards was all about the heroics of the Villa keeper, in truth everyone secretly knew that it was Tom that had won us the game because he is brilliant. Final score, Villa 3, East Bridgford 2.