Reading City v VWFC
11/01/2020 Reading City 0-2 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters wait for a substition to be completed
Virginia Water produced a performance and win on the road away to Reading City, which went some way to avenging the earlier season 0-4 meeting between the two at Stag Meadow. In a match played in good spirit and a difficult wind, the away side dominated for large periods, and did all the hard work in the first half playing into the elements.
The excellent Jake Baker caused the home defence many problems, and crossed early on only for Joel Drew to be denied from close range by goalkeeper Charlie York. Baker and Dale Wright also both saw efforts saved by York again. At the other end, the defence were strong, well led by Marc Lansdowne and marshalled by Matt Jones in goal.
On 24 minutes, Waters went ahead when Josh Hennah and Drew combined down the left, only for Drew’s effort to be blocked, but Wright slotted the rebound into the bottom corner. Waters continued to play some good football, and on 39 minutes got their second, when Drew got in behind the home defence, for his low cross to be volleyed in first time by Josh Dillon. At 2-0 up at the break and wind in their favour, things were looking good for visitors.
The second half saw Reading City create more chances, some efforts were well defended and some were well saved by Jones. Waters could and should have extended their lead, with Baker going close when through on goal, York was forced into a good save from Dillon, and Finn Evered (a makeshift striker) had his one on one saved, as well as another shot that was parried just wide.
There were no further goals to report, with the second half more even, with the home side throwing everything at Waters, but it was to no avail, as the visitors comfortably saw out the game to record back-to-back wins and clean sheets to move into the top half of the table.
Manager Ceri Jones was happy with the great win, and had praise for the attitude and squad performance by his team. Waters wish Reading City the best of luck for the remainder of the season.