VWFC v Tuffley Rovers
03/08/2019 Virginia Water 2-2 Tuffley Rovers
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters' in action against Tuffley
It was a disappointing draw for Virginia Water in their first league match of the season, conceding two late goals to a very plucky Tuffley Rovers side, who kept battling to the end.
Waters dominated the game but failed to come away with the deserved three points whilst cruising into a 2-0 lead at half time, thanks to a great header from Finn Evered on 24 minutes, and a well-taken goal by Joe McBride on 38 minutes. There were some other opportunities, even if not many clear cut chances, with Waters playing some excellent football in the process.
At the other end, Matt Jones in goal was rarely troubled and the Waters defence held firm throughout the first half.
In very warm conditions, the start of the second half saw the home side continuing to dominate, with Jake Baker, Jack Hall, Josh Hill and Liam Whyte all having efforts on the visitors goal.
Then in the 70th minute, the match turned as a contest, when a flowing move saw Tuffley’s goalkeeper, debutant Alex Avenell, parry a Jack Hall shot into the path of Louis Sanders, who tucked home the rebound.
Both sides made their way back to half way, only for a very late flag to surprisingly rule out the goal for offside, which was questioned by both sides. From the restart via the indirect free-kick, Tuffley went up the field and forced a corner. The set-piece was only half cleared, and from the second deep cross that Waters should have prevented and cleared, centre back Declan Earwaker headed home at the far post. This gave Tuffley some belief, although it was still Virginia Water who looked the likely victors.
Waters were then hit with a sucker punch in the 83rd minute when Tuffley substitute Luke Troke skipped past the Waters right back, to smash home an equaliser that went in off the underside of the bar. Despite the setback, manager Ceri Jones was pleased to see Waters push for a winner, and from a knock down by Evered, Adam Mills went agonisingly close to turn in the winner, but it was not to be.
It was honours even at the end of the day, but for the home side, it felt like a couple of points dropped in a match they should have won, especially given their territorial and possession advantage.
Waters wish Tuffley well for the season.