Saturday 18th January 2020
Combined Counties Premier Division

Kick off 3pm @ Rectory Meadow, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN

Villa lineup:- Harry Cawden,  Brandon Barzey,  Craig Tanner⇓85,  Jim Fenlon⇓85,  Louis Taylor,  Jamie Thoroughgood,
Samra Gagan,   Elliott Simpson,   Ryan Curtis⇓70,   Meshach Williams,   Scott Walker
Substitutes:- Jason Dwumfuo,   Sid Dack⇑85,   Tayo Ajayi⇑70,   Santiago Navarro⇑85
Villa Scorers:- Jamie Thoroughgood (2)
Yellow Cards:- Ryan Curtis
Red Cards:- Elliott Simpson


One of those games where the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story.

The visit of Knaphill was never going to be easy. They came to us in a rich vein of form, brushing all and sundry aside in their climb to third position in the table and the late dropout of goalkeeper, and talisman, Terry Buss didn’t do much to boost the expectations of the team.

However, as has been the case since the new bosses took over, the boys went into the game confident of getting something out of the game and a headed goal, from a corner by Jamie Thoroughgood, helped boost those expectations.

Following the goal the lads continued to take the game to our visitors and things were going well until we were hit by 2 wonder goals from the Knappers striker Matt Bunyan.  The first, in the 18th minute, was a lovely curling shot on the turn from the edge of the box. The 2nd, in the 40th minute, may have been better as he smashed home a volley from 20+ yards out. We had played well but found ourselves 1-2 down at the break.

In the 2nd half the boys continued to compete but any hope of an equaliser was diminished when we went down to 10 men in the 70th minute. Elliott Simpson sent off for “kicking out” at a Knaphill player who wouldn’t give the ball back. It’s only my opinion, but the red card was a direct result of the referee, who up to then had had a decent match, failing to stop the player running around playing silly buggers with the ball after we had been awarded a free kick. If the ref had stopped him, and awarded a yellow card, the following situation wouldn’t have developed. I must had that the ref did eventually issue a yellow to the Knaphill player, but it did seem an after thought to placate our complaining players.

After the red the visitors totally dominated the game and they added a third goal in the 86th minute to seal the points and see them climb to second place in the table.