Kinoulton Villa Vets 3 v 2 Sutton Bonnington
Date: November 30th 2014
Starting Line Up
Final Score: KVV FC 3 v 2 Sutton Bonnington
KVV Goal Scorers: Tommo, Baldwin, Linley
Man of the Match: Moore
Whilst manager, Jeff Haywood, will claim this as a second straight victory, having missed the last game completely, it wasn't until he had departed at half time that Villa started to put together any sort of performance. On paper this was always a winnable game. Villa arrived with a strong squad that saw Tom Clarke given the opportunity to prove himself in a more forward role and allowed super Tel a chance to get another 90 minutes under his very tight belt.
However, with Bonnington fielding a relatively young team, Villa found their pace and exhuberance a little hard to handle from the off. Bonnington were finding plenty of space down the flanks and had their final ball been better and were it not for the strong defending from Tony and Evan, they might have taken the lead much earlier. With about 20 minutes gone, they did find the net. Villa had cleared the ball well from another cross but only as far as their oncoming midfielder who seemed to have bags of time to pick his spot from 20 yards whilst Villa hesitated to close him down. Kinoulton failed to create too much in the first half with only a couple of corners and half chances to note. The team lacked a little shape which often resulted in loss of posession and it was a wayward pass that allowed Bonnington to double their lead 5 minutes before half time.
Haywood read the riot act at half time and then buggered off to play Call of Duty, leaving the team in the (mostly) safe hands of Wol. Steve Harris came on at the break which allowed Tony to play in his preferred advanced position just behind Tommo which meant Clarke was pushed out to the left. Shortly after the restart, an injury to Colin meant Tom then had to revert back to his much more familiar position of left back with Paul Hallam continuing on the left flank.
Villa certainly had more bite about them in the second half with Steve and Evan proving inpenetrable at the back and Tony providing a good outlet up front. Simon and Mark continued to battle in the middle of the pitch, playing with much more shape and purpose. Villa pulled one back 15 minutes into the second half when Paul found Tommo in bags of space on the left which he followed up with a short run and trademark thunderbolt finish.
Terry was produced a masterclass in wing play in the second half with pinpoint accurate cross after cross and skills more befitting of a man 30 years his junior. During one such move Terry cross was flicked on by Paul and seemed to be heading for the far corner of the goal. However, the ball struck the far post and spun wildly on to the heavy pitch. Tony was following in and after an awkward bounce and with Tommo making a noise that would have only been heard by dogs, he pirouetted like a balerina and calmly slotted it in the goal. 2-2.
It was a nervy final 15 minutes. Villa were now clearly on top and in search of victory but this was creating openings for the tiring Bonnington side. Steve did brilliantly to clear with his head when on one occasion the Sutton striker had beaten the keeper and had an open goal to aim at. Bonnington might have done better with a free kick on the edge of the area as well after Simon had arrived a little (quite a lot actually) late on their midfielder.
With the match poised at 2-2, it was going to take something special to win the game and with 10 minutes to go, Villa's very own multi-millionaire Terry Linley produced a deft bit of skill and a cultured finish inside the box to finish off the comeback.