Kinoulton Villa 3 v 0 Hemmington
Date: February 28th 2016
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Skinner, Thompson, Hallam
Man of the Match: Walton
Having not played for over a month and with a few key players missing, Villa's slow start to this game was somewhat understandable. Manager Jeff Haywood was also forced to employ certain players in unfamiliar positions with Tony Baldwin filling in in the centre of midfield and Simon Mottram pushing forward to the right side of midfield. Elsewhere, the Villa boss was happy to see the ever reliable Moon back in the centre of defence whilst also being able to name Paul Hallam, who had not played since last season, on the bench.
The first half was fairly short on memorable moments. Tommo, Byron and Paul Skinner all went close with half chances whilst at the other end Hemmington barely threatend although they were lucky not to be awarded a penalty when Simon inexplicably barged their attacker out of the way with the ball heading out for a goal kick.
With the score fixed at 0-0 at the break, Haywood, under the watchful eye of Villa chairman James Bogue, proved his tactical know how bringing on the returning Paul Hallam and John Ponytail. The game continued to produce blanks although Villa gradually started to show some of their trademark dominance starting at the back with Steve Harris and Dr Blood letting nothing through, Tony breaking up the play in the middle and Skinner and Tommo starting to get a grip of Hemmington's strong but tiring central defence. Even Wol was enjoying some marauding runs down the flank.
The deadlock was eventually broken when Paul Skinner received the ball from the left, turned his man and shot low to the keepers left to make it 1-0. At one point it looked like he may have fluffed his lines but he recovered well from a momentary stumble and the Hemmington keeper did very well to dive over the top of the ball to make it 1-0.
From here on in, it was pretty much one way traffic. Hemmington's chaotic centre forward was substituted much to his disgust and with that went any hope they had of getting a goal although Jeff did feel sorry for them at one point and allowed their 5ft 2 attacker to out jump his outstretched arms to nod the ball just past the post.
Tommo soon made it 2-0, knocking in the rebound when the Hemmington keeper could only parry a well struck shot from Simon. And then moments from full time, some neat footwork down the left from Byron resulted in a simple tap in for Paul Hallam.
A professional perfomance from Villa although it is reported that the chairman may delay his decision on a new contract from Haywood until the results against Bingham in the 2 fixtures yet to come this season. Final score Villa 3, Hemmington 0.