Kinoulton Villa Vets 4 v 1 Tanners
Date: August 27th 2016
Venue: Melbourne Park
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Chapman, Thompson, Wheeldon, Patrick
Man of the Match: Hodges
Definitely a game of 2 halves as Villa began the new season with a solid win against a decent Tanners team. With a number of new signings all beginning the game on the bench, it was left to the old guard to get things started and Villa dominated the opening 10 minutes of the game. The team did appear to be lacking a touch of sharpness, however, and Villa failed to capitalise on some early chances. This gave the opposition renewed confidence and up until 10 minutes before half time, the game was a very even match with Deano and Simon battling hard in midfield, whilst Tony and JPT were solid at the back. Desptie the long grass, Wol was also performing heroics in the Villa goal with some acrobatic saves to keep the score level.
Villa manager, Jeff Haywood, revelling in his new role, introduced 2 of his new signings after around 35 minutes. Chappo replacing Skinner and Tom Wigmore replacing Byron allowing resident man of the match medal holder Tom Clarke to push further forward. The changes proved inspired when the ball broke to Chappo in the Tanners box and he cooly hooked it into the net. Half time 1-0.
Haywood introduced third summer signing, Ross Patrick, down the right hand side fo the second half and he was quick to form a good understanding with father figure Doug playing behind him. Villa's pace was now beginning to cause Tanners a number of problems and when Tom and Deano combined well down the left hand side, the resulting cross was eventually finished by Tommo despite him appearing to take an age to pick his spot.
Tanners were briefly given a lifeline when Doug cultured defending resulted in a customary penalty that even the ever fair ref Jeffo couldn't fail to give. This was duly dispatched but by this point Villa were beginning to take control. With Simon taking the brunt of some hard challenges the final half hour was played with a youthful looking Villa attack and Deano.
Ross was showing off many of the skills that had encouraged new Director of Football, Simon Moore, to secure his signature, meanwhile Chappo and Skinner were creating all sorts of issues for the tiriing Tanners defence.
Villa secured the victory with 15 minutes to go when the ever impressive Mark beat a couple of defenders before releasing a shot that was deflected into the goal. Just before the final whistle, debutant Ross broke the offside trap and finished well one-on-one with the Tanners keeper.
Final score Villa 4, Tanners 1 and with more new signings expected before the end of the transfer window, this could prove the start of a very promising season for Villa.