VWFC v Reading City
18/09/2020 Virginia Water 0-1 Reading City
Buildbase FA Vase
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters in action against Reading City
Virginia Water came up short at the first hurdle in another FA competition, against good friends and neighbours Reading City, in a terrific match that the home side felt they should have won.
The game was dominated by both defences, with the only goal coming from a direct free-kick good enough to grace any match – although Waters will feel that the free-kick given in the first instance was highly debatable. In a very fast flowing game, Waters had numerous chances in both halves, even if not that clear cut, with Josh Dillon, Paul Burrows, Jake Baker, Josh Hill and Casey Bocarro all having attempts on goal, albeit not really testing the away goalkeeper Charlie York.
The home side’s best chance fell to Joe McBride, following a mistake by York, who fumbled a clearance straight to McBride’s feet. However, it was on his weaker side and was unable to adjust his feet quick enough to get his shot away.
Alongside the deciding free-kick decision, Waters were also aggrieved with how they felt all of the officials missed a red card offence in the first half, when Reading’s centre midfielder kicked Bocarro in open play after he had won the ball from him, and beat him along the touchline. Waters manager Ceri Jones was told by the officials that none of them saw it, yet everyone else in the ground did, so Jones was not happy with the outcome.
But that was not to detract from a good game in good spirits, and Waters really wish Simon and Reading City the best in the next round, but for the home side it will be remembered for a strong performance, minus a number of players, at the end of three games in six days, and crucial decisions that Waters felt should have gone their way.