Second half tsunami of goals sees league newcomers go to town in Eastbourne
Villa blue opened their league campaign with a scintillating 10-0 away victory against Eastbourne Town. After leading 2-0 at half time, villa romped away with the game, scoring a further eight unanswered goals in a one sided second half. It was certainly a day for the forwards, with hatricks for Patrick, Noah and James and a single goal by Felix completing the scoring in an excellent team performance.
Villa started the match brightly, gaining considerable early possession as they pressed Eastbourne high up the pitch. This culminated in the creation of a number of opportunities, including a couple of good shots on goal, one on ones and goal mouth scrambles. Villa were thwarted by the heroics of the Eastbourne goalkeeper, who made a number of excellent saves that prevented Villa from taking the lead. He was ably assisted by his defence who were throwing themselves at everything making a number of excellent blocks and last ditch tackles. This saw Villa start snatching at shots or over playing when a considered final ball would have likely led to a goal scoring opportunity.
As half time neared Villa were finally rewarded for their efforts. Noah playing in the CAM role collected the ball from midfield, before sliding an inch perfect pass into the path of Paddy, who calmly slotted it home. After finally breaking the deadlock it was soon 2-0.
This time Villa worked the ball down the right, before a cross into the Eastbourne box caused panic, with the ball finding its way to James who fired the ball through a crowd of players and into the Eastbourne goal.
Villa started the second half knowing that if they got the ball wide quicker and were more considered in their play in the final third, there would surely be more goals to come, and so it proved. With the midfield now controlling the game and the defence looking secure against the occasional Eastbourne break, the game was being played in the Eastbourne half. It was therefore no surprise when just minutes into the half Noah made it 3-0 with a comfortable close range finish after a good cross from James on the right. it was soon four, this time James finished the move with a clever finish, after creating enough space for a shot that he fired low and hard into the bottom corner. Paddy soon added to his tally with another well taken finish after a good pass from Lucas.
With the game won, Villa attacked at will. From one of these attacks Villa won a corner. Vinnie directed it to the near post where Paddy completed his hatrick, out jumping the defender and heading powerfully home. Almost immediately Elliot went on a mazy run down the left before slipping the ball inside to Noah, who stepped right before curling the ball from the edge of the box and just inside the far post to make it 7-0.
James completed his hatrick with a wonderful solo goal. Picking up the ball just inside the villa half he surged down the left wing, beating the full back before cutting inside another defender and coolly firing the ball home.
As the game neared its conclusion there was still time for Noah to complete his hatrick, with a superbly flighted free kick that curled over the keeper, dipping just under the crossbar. Not satisfied with that, from the very next attack Noah turned creator, sliding the ball through to Felix who took it in his stride before poking the ball past the on rushing keeper to conclude the games scoring at 10-0.
As the referee called time both teams shook hands and congratulated each other on their efforts. It should be said that even as the goals rained in the Eastbourne boys never stopped trying and were it not for a good double save from Alfie and a number of timely interceptions from the Villa defence they could have scored a few goals themselves.
Reflecting on the game Villa managers Tony and Olivier highlighted the number of positives to be taken from the game, while also recognising there is some way to go in the teams development and learning. considering the number of new boys in the team, and the team are playing a new system and for many boys its the first time they have played competitive 11-a-side football it really was a very encouraging performance. The boys can be proud of themselves.