And they're off! The first official full game for Montpelier Villa's youngest ever team was a real cracker - a competitive corker played at a breathless pace in a marvellous Corinthian spirit. Both teams rose to the occasion and delivered edge-of-the-seat action that was lapped up by an eager crowd. The Villa starlets looked fantastic in their new kits and brand new training tops - special thanks to Rew for making that possible.
The teams made the most of a pitch that was in great condition and were neck and neck from the start, with players all over the pitch picking out stunning passes, shooting from every possible angle and putting in some great tackles. The goalkeepers of both teams did a great job keeping the attackers at bay, but some fantastic finishing kept the goals flowing.
Charlie scored the first in some style, Theo scored a tip-top hat-trick and Louis slotted his chance home, before George B dazzled with a run from his own area that he polished off with a cool finish. Meanwhile Coldean played their part in full, with lots of neat football and several great goals.
Villa's stalwart defence faced a lively Coldean attack and performed brilliantly throughout the game, with brave battling from the Jones brothers, Tom, Paddy, Spike and George W and Callum. And the calm heads of George I and Sonny were always on hand to bring the ball out and start another attack.
However special mention has to go to Stan's moment of sweeper-keeper genius - swooping in at the far post to score in the final minute, having made some great saves between the sticks at his own end. In 20 years of playing for the Villa I cannot remember a goalkeeper scoring in open play so this was a very special moment.
So the newest Villans are off to a flyer, playing some great football that is a real credit to the Villa tradition. Long may it last...
Up the Villa!