Kinoulton Villa 4 v 1 Hemmington
Date: September 27th 2015
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Baldwin, Moore, Skinner, Clarke
Man of the Match: Moore
Villa boss, Jeff Haywood, had a selection dilemma going into this 3rd game in as many weeks. With a number of key players missing from Villa's midfield, Haywood had to field a makeshift quartet that included 2 full backs, a rookie and the out of favour Simon Moore who the manager reluctantly played back in the middle of the park. Elsewhere, Dr Moon returned for his first outing of the season to partner Tony at the back, leaving John Ponytail to fill in at left back.
Villa bossed the game from the kick off but took a while to get into their stride with the inexperience across the midfield. Playing a much narrower game than usual, Villa failed to take advantage of the gaps down the channels and their chances were limited with Tommo and Skinner managing only a couple of half attempts. Meanwhile, Hemmington were playing some decent passing football but their lively centre forward was well marshalled by the returning Moon.
The deadlock was broken after about 25 minutes after a strong period for Villa that had resulted in numerous corners. Having come close with 2 previous efforts, Tony finally got on the end of one and powered a header beyond the Hemmington keeper to make it 1-0.
Villa started to settle into the game after their goal with Byron and Simon Mottram starting to play with more confidence and attack the Hemmington full backs down the flanks. The lead was doubled when one such move saw Byron cut the ball in for Tom who appeared to be fouled before laying the ball off to Simon Moore. Wol the ref waved play on, and with the players closing in on him and the ball running away, Simon managed to get his toe end to the ball and send it curving into the opposition net. 2-0.
Tom had a chance to make it 3 just minutes before the break but his left foot curving effort had the power of a dry sponge and when the whistle went for half time, Clarke was duly handed a flag and relieved of his central midfield duties. In his place came on the more rounded Dominic Moyes whilst Colin Elliott took over at left back in his first appearance of the season.
Hemmington began the second half well. Despite taking a number of knocks in the first half and being without any substitutes, they dug in well and showed signs of causing some problems for Villa. A couple of early corners followed by a good save from Shakey Jeff seemed to invigorate the Hemmington players before a couple of missed tackles and some poor marking allowed them to pull a goal back with a well taken snap shot into the corner.
Tiredness soon started to set in for the opposition, however, and Villa began to regain control. Both Skinner and Tommo had chances to extend the lead with one on one opportunites before Skinner, celebrating the birth of his second child Henry, made a powerful run and finished well to make it 3-1. Clarke was given a second chance to make his mark with about 15 minutes to go, replacing young rookie Byron on the left. And indeed it was Clarke who made it 4 when Doug and Simon Mottram combined well down the right before cutting it inside to the advancing Simon Moore. Simon laid it off to Clarke who sent a curling right foot shot towards the top corner and straight through the hands of the injured Hemmington keeper who inexplicably seemed to throw the ball into his own net. Whilst the dubious goals committee did convene, the goal was eventually given to Clarke. Small reward for what was an eventful day for the young player.
Haywood revealed after the game that there had been a strong player campaign from within the squad to get Clarke into a more advanced position, a plea that he finally succumbed to after 9 pints of Carling on Friday night. Clarke, for all his ability and strength on the ball, has never quite lived up to expectations and whilst he made some surging runs in the first half it remains to be seen whether this perfomance was enough to convince the Villa manager that his position is anything other than left back. Villa meanwhile surge onwards and upwards with a result that marked their 13th consecutive victory.