VWFC v Yateley United
13/10/2020 Virginia Water 1-0 Yateley United
Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters Celebrate at Stag Meadow
A terrific match, in front of a big crowd at Stag Meadow, saw Virginia Water edge out Yateley United, who gave a performance that was certainly way above their current league status at Division Two, so credit to them.
Waters should have gone ahead within 5 minutes, when Jake Baker crossed for Enow ‘Smiles’ Ojong, but his shot hit the bar from 6 yards.
Smiles then had two other chances soon after, as did Casey Bocarro, Josh Dillon, and some threats from our trademark set piece play. At the other end Yateley were more than a threat, but found Matt Jones in good form in goal, and a defence that fought all the way to keep a clean sheet. The half ended 0-0, somewhat surprisingly, with the visitors the better side.
After the break, Waters grew into the game, and the introduction of Paul Burrows and Jack Simmons turned the tide, with possession, territory and chances all in their favour. The goal, when it came, was a little fortunate, when on 67 minutes, Burrows’ goal bound shot was deflected beyond Yateley’s excellent goalkeeper Josh Lincoln.
Waters could have extended the lead and made the game safe, with Bocarro, Baker, Burrows, the excellent Ryan Blake and Finn Evered all going close. Yateley also had some chances, but Jones made a great save to tip over their best effort, whilst safely seeing out some other shots from distance.
It was certainly a real battle out there, with the result an important one and seeing Waters go into the next round – but only just! Waters wish Yateley the best of luck for the season, and expect to see them progress to Step 6 very soon.