Kinoulton Villa Vets 2 v 2 Bingham Town Vets
Date: May 7th 2017
Venue: Butt Field, Bingham
Starting Line Up
KVV Goal Scorers: Skinner, Thompson.S
Man of the Match: Skinner
Special Award: Clarke
The end of season finale did not disappoint as Villa and Bingham shared the spoils in a hard fought end to end game at Butt Field. Villa will perhaps be the most disappointed of the two teams having twice led in the match and then twice allowing Bingham back into the match through some sloppy marking and a lack of concentration.
With all but 2 of Villa’s first team squad available for selection, manager Haywood had the unusual headache of actually having to select a team with substitutes. With 14 players to choose from, Haywood elected to go with his still unproved preferred 3-5-2 formation, employing Tony, Mark and Tom in defence with Simon and Byron offering support in wing back rolls.
Whilst unfamiliar, it was clear that this was a formation that Villa might ultimately be able to adopt, the added man in Midfield and up front allowing much more attacking options. That said, with Bingham playing a high attacking winger, Simon effective played right back for the first half with very few opportunities to get forward. Having said that, if Simon could actually get himself fit, it might have been a different situation. I’m sure he will be coming back stronger and slimmer next year!
Both team seemed to cancel each other out for much of the game. In midfield Jim and Skinner were battling hard whilst Moby was there to spoil any openings that Bingham created. Bingham meanwhile were attempting to play a wider game with both of their wingers offering the biggest threat to Villa’s goal. Clear cut chances were few and far between, however as both defences and goalkeepers were quick to close down their lines.
With so few opportunities in open play, it was clear that set pieces could play a big part in the game and indeed 3 of the 4 goals in the game came direct from a corner or free kick. Villa took the lead after around 20 minutes. Simon’s whipped in corner met perfectly by Paul Skinner to give the keeper no chance. Playing at Bingham often means playing against 12 men and the referee was once again not reluctant to award free kicks in Bingham’s favour for what seemed innocuous misdemeanors. One such occasion, 5 yards from the corner of Villa’s box, resulted in Bingham’s equalizer. Whilst the free kick was well flighted, Villa’s marking left a lot to be desired and a well-connected header made it 1-1.
With a few minor changes at half time including the welcome return of Cliff, Villa continued to press and looked the more likely to find a second goal. Bingham had packed their midfield in the second half to try and counter the impact of Jim and man of the match Skinner. This left gaps on the wings, however, and Byron was able to capitalise with a number of fearless runs that silenced the usually vocal Silver Fox. Once such run ending in a majestic cross, produced Villa’s second. Tommo rising with perfection to power his header into the Bingham goal.
Yet again though, it was a momentary lack of concentration that allowed Bingham back into the game. A deep swinging corner to the far post looked far to have cleared any threat but with Tom admiring the beautiful cloud formations on what was a lovely sunny day in Nottingham, the ball passed him by straight to the feet of Bingham’s striker who simply tapped it into the net. Somewhat fitting that Tom retains the “special” medal until the start of next season.
Villa switched to a 4-4-2 in an attempt to chase for that winning goal but it was not to be. With honours even at the final whistle, Villa recorded their first draw of the campaign, a season that has seen 17 victories and only 2 losses, not to mention 105 goals scored. Perhaps a slight anti-climax to the season, but a strong performance to sign off an epic year.