VWFC v Tuffley Rovers

12/09/2020 Virginia Water 1-0 Tuffley Rovers
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones

Goalkeeper Matt Jones looks on at the action

Virginia Water got their league campaign off to winning start, but not without a real tough battle against a dogged Tuffley side, who had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the home side at bay. Waters started the better and had most of the chances in both halves, with Jesse Atiase seeing a shot cleared off the line, as well as a diving header saved.

Liam Whyte also saw his header loop just over.

Waters had numerous set piece plays and long throws, all of which threatened, but they could not capitalise on the territorial advantage and having the major share of possession. At the other end, the home side did appear lethargic in the first half, being caught in possession a few times, one of which produced a great save by Matt Jones in goal that could have seen Tuffley take a lead, but thankfully did not materialise.

The second half saw the home side dominate, with Atiase clean through on goal but let down by close control, then Josh Hill saw his free kick brilliantly saved by the keeper, who also saved very well from Jake Baker, Paul Burrows and Josh Dillon. Some other chances came and went, as well as a disallowed goal for Adam Mills. But on 71 minutes the deadlock was finally broken after a period of pressure, when a Finn Evered throw was headed on in the penalty area, for the predatory Dale Wright to slot home.

Waters still had a number of opportunities to add to their lead, with Casey Bocarro and Joe McBride having great chances, but they failed to capitalise. Waters’ defence was rarely troubled in the second period, indeed Jones only had a free kick to save in the second period.

The home side saw out the game safely, and gained a very welcome 3 points ahead of the visit of Shrivenham on Tuesday night.

Good luck to Tuffley for the season ahead.