VWFC v Holmer Green
04/01/2020 Virginia Water 4-0 Holmer Green
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water started the New Year with an impressive win and performance against a very gutsy Holmer Green side, who battled as hard as they could during an entertaining encounter at Stag Meadow.
The home side went ahead on 22 minutes, when Jake Baker prodded home from close range after the ball had rebounded off the post from one of many corners for the home side. Waters could and should have added to the lead, with two efforts hitting the bar and visiting goalkeeper Ryan Latter in fine form.
On 39 minutes, Waters eventually doubled their lead when Matt Jones hit a long clearance to Dale Wright, who evaded the defence and ran through on Latter to slot home. If it were not for another terrific save by Latter, Wright could have had a second after his great volley was tipped over. Waters looked comfortable in defence, and held a 2-0 half time lead.
At the start of the second half, Holmer Green looked more determined, but the visitors were denied a goal when Josh Hennah blocked a shot with a last ditch tackle. This spurred Waters into action, but the game became much closer for a period, with the home side under a little pressure, even if looking dangerous on the counter attack when they had the opportunity.
On 65 minutes, Jack Hall was introduced back to action following a long injury, and made an immediate impact, with his pinpoint cross being turned in by Josh Dillon, that gave the home side some additional breathing space.
Soon after, the excellent Hennah beat a few players out wide on the left, and crossed for Hall to score one for himself, and put Waters 4-0 up on 71 minutes. It could have been a couple more with Wright and Dillon having goals disallowed, and the brilliant Jack Simmons being denied by the post late on from a direct free kick.
It was a big three points for the home side, and of course, Waters wish Holmer Green well for the remainder of the season in their fight to climb the table.