VWFC v Royal Wootton Bassett Town
12/12/2020 Virginia Water 0-2 Royal Wootton Bassett Town
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Jack Simmons on the ball for Waters
Virginia Water finally returned to league action after the national lockdown, and the rustiness was evident as they were second best in every department against a very strong Royal Wootton Bassett side that made no sense of their current lowly league position.
The home side gifted the visitors a goal inside 90 seconds, when full back Louis Sanders was casually caught in possession in his own box on the left hand side, allowing a simple Brad Pagliaroli square ball to be tapped home by Kyle Tooze.
5 minutes later Waters lost captain and central midfielder Ryan Blake to a hamstring injury, and soon after centre back Marc Lansdowne also succumbed to injury, all totally unsettling Waters. This said the home side did have some good moments in the first half with Lorenzo Di Felice going close on a few occasions, as did the tireless Paul Burrows and the returning Adam McNamara.
Waters would have been level had Basset goalkeeper Harrison Ellis not made a terrific save from Josh Hill on the half hour, and the home side also felt aggrieved having not had a penalty awarded for a push on Adam Mills, but it was not to be and the hosts were 1-0 down at the break.
In the second half, both sides cancelled each other out, with Matt Jones in the home goal having only one real save to make, whilst at the other end, Enow Ojong, Finn Evered and Burrows all went close. But the visitors sealed the win on 75 minutes, when Waters were unable to stop Matt Berry-Hargreaves from ghosting past four tackles and square the ball
for a another simple tap in, this time for Gio Wrona. Bassett also hit the bar late on and deserved their win on the day.
Waters wish them well for the rest of the season.
Pictures courtesy of Steve Green (Twitter @SDJGreen)