Flackwell Heath v VWFC
08/02/2020 Flackwell Heath 1-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
The pre-match handshake
Credit to the Flackwell Heath groundsmen for getting the match on after some heavy overnight rain, and the players from both sides did not disappoint in a spectacle of a game. On a difficult surface for passing football, Virginia Water and Flackwell Heath gave their all in a match that could have gone either way, with a draw a fair result on the day.
The visitors - minus six starters from their previous match - started brightly, with Dale Wright and Jake Baker very prominent up front. Superbly led by a new central defensive pairing of Finn Kelly-Lewis and Sam Cooley, Waters defended with real grit and determination that filtered throughout the team.
Waters went ahead on 27 minutes, when an excellent free kick delivery by Casey Bocarro evaded everyone and curled into the net from some distance. However, the visitors were immediately put under pressure, with Flackwell Heath missing a few chances, down to a combination of great defending and some excellent saves by Matt Jones in the visitor’s goal.
Although ahead 1-0 at the interval, it could easily have been more for Waters, or bizarrely it could also have been a goal or two the other way for the hosts. The expected onslaught by Flackwell in the second half duly happened, with Waters further hampered by an injury to Josh Hill, which meant some positional changes were required at the restart.
Undaunted, the visitors continued to frustrate the hosts with their resolute defending and crisp counter attacking.
On 65 minutes, Flackwell got a deserved equaliser, also from a great free kick, that skipper Dan Bailey headed home unmarked from close range. Both sides went for the win, with Lorenzo Di Felice, Wright and Baker always threatening going forward, and Waters saw a header cleared off the line late on. At the other end, there were a few scares, even if Jones did not have that many saves to make.
It was an engrossing match, with credit to both sides for the attitude and commitment shown throughout and it was a deserved point for both camps. Waters wish good luck to Flackwell for the remainder of the season.