Kinoulton Villa Vets 2 v 3 Bingham Town Vets
Date: October 30th 2016
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Gardner, Burghart
Man of the Match: Thomas. C
As an introduction to management, it doesn't come tougher than this. The opposition alone, Kinoulton's staunchest rivals, would have been enough of a challenge, but with several key players absent or injured, one confirmed starter preferring the feel of silicone to a damp cold Sunday morning dew under his feet, and a pitch that had seemingly been the party venue for an incontinent gang of foxes the night before, the odds were certainly stacked against interim boss Simon Moore.
But whilst the Villa manager and the Villa skipper sunned themselves on the Costa Del Sol, Moore pulled out all the stops to ensure this game went ahead bringing in the likes of Steve Harris for his first appearance of the season and naming super Veteran Rob Thomas on the bench.
Despite the lack of options, Moore was able to field a solid side employed in an ambitious new formation of 4-2-3-1. With Steve Harris fitting in seamlessly to the back four alongside ever presents John Ponytail and Doug Jameson plus a young academy player filling in the void at left back.
As always, the game was a battle from start to end but Villa started well, pressing the Bingham defence high up the pitch to force several errors and create some missed early opportunities. Both Villa's wide men, Byron and Ian, were causing problems for the opposition full backs whilst Cliff worked tirelessly up front on his own.
The first goal came midway through the first half. Against the run of play, a mistake from Jim, allowing the ball to run under his foot, allowed the rapid Bingham striker to break free of the 2 Villa centre backs and he finished neatly beyond star keeper Wol.
Jim soon made amends, however, and Villa were level only 10 minutes later when he finished well with a powerful header at the far post from a high cross from the right.
With the scores level at half time, it was clear there was still everything to play for in this tight encounter. But 2 quick goals after the restart for the opposition dented Villa's hopes but still they refused to give up. Jim and Phil continued to battle well in the middle of the park whilst Mark as always was covering every blade of fox shit covered grass. To add even extra bite to the team, Moore even brought himself on landing several early (late) challenges.
Villa gave themselves a lifeline with around 15 minutes to go when Mark broke free of the defence and provided a perfect cross for Byron to nervously tap in to the roof of the net. With their spirits buoyed, Villa were clearly the better team in the second half and should have earned a draw if not a win.
A draw certainly looked on when Simon forced a mistake from the Bingham full back and broke free with just 30 yards to run and the Bingham keeper to beat. Somewhat inexplicably though, having seen the accelerating Mark in front of him, Simon decided to roll the ball across to his team mate despite him clearly being around 20 yards offside.
It was clear at this point that it was not to be Moore's day and his managerial debut ended in defeat. Final score Villa 2, Bingham 3.