VWFC v Burnham
04/02/2020 Virginia Water 4-2 Burnham
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Joe McBride (left) versus Burnham
Virginia Water bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with a great win over visiting Burnham, themselves also looking for a win after being beaten at the weekend. The match was a credit to both sides, who played some terrific football throughout on what was also a terrific pitch for this time of year.
The visitors started brightly, winning a corner wide on the right, and then forcing Matt Jones into a couple of good saves. From one of these saves on 19 minutes, Jones cleared up field to Casey Bocarro, who ghosted past their full back to score, with the aid of a deflection off the unfortunate Tom Willment.
Soon after, some neat interplay between Josh Hill, Joel Drew and the excellent Jake Baker, saw Baker through in goal, only to be brought down in the box by Willment, who was not having the best of halves. Baker stepped up to slot home the penalty kick himself. Waters continued to press, and when Burnham committed a foul on the edge of the box on 39 minutes, Hill saw his shot clip an out-stretched foot, which could not stop the ball hitting the back of the net. Drew then went through on goal, but goalkeeper Joseph Williams saved his tame shot. Some other chances came and went, but it was Burnham who finished the half on the front foot, even though the home side held a 3-0 lead at the interval.
The second half started in similar fashion the first, but Waters’ game management was much improved, and they defended very well until the final 20 minutes, when they had a bit of a wobble. After a great block by Josh Hennah, Kian Duncan followed up with a treat of a goal into the top corner on 75 minutes. Then almost from the restart it was 3-2, when Waters failed to clear a long ball, and Dean Quevani swivelled to hit home – it was game on and Burnham suddenly had more belief!
Undaunted though, the home side kept their shape and pushed on, and from a Jack Simmons corner, Baker rose superbly to head home on 78 minutes and seal the victory for Ceri Jones’ side. Drew and Lorenzo Di Felice both went close late on and thankfully there were no further alarms as the home side held out for an important win and three valuable points.
Waters wish Burnham well for the remainder of the season, and Jones himself sent a big well done to his Virginia Water side for a great team effort and win on the night.