VWFC v Longlevens AFC
22/02/2020 Virginia Water 1-3 Longlevens AFC
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Manager Ceri Jones (front left), instructs his players
Following two good results against Burnham and Flackwell Heath, Virginia Water slumped to a home defeat against a good Longlevens AFC side. The biggest disappointment was the lack of effort and creativity, which was in abundance in previous performances.
With a strong wind in their favour, Waters were slow and lethargic, with some poor cultural issues evident pre-match that had a poor impact on the team. Manager Ceri Jones knows that will have to change, and quickly! Waters dominated territory and possession, but created little, albeit Dale Wright went close on a few occasions without overly troubling the visiting goalkeeper. The away side went ahead, a little against the run of play, on 29 minutes, when a slick one-two enabled Shaun O’Connor to shoot home from close range. Waters levelled on 41 minutes, when Michael Chambers smashed home, having wonderfully controlled a high ball in the area. With the scores level at half time, Waters felt they could take something from the game.
However, with the wind at their backs, the away side scored again within a minute of the restart. Waters only half cleared a long throw, and some feeble attempts to block a shot saw Isaac Johns tap in on the back post unmarked and from a questionable off side position in Waters’ eyes. The home side huffed and puffed, but did not have the intensity to equalise, with only a couple of good efforts from Wright and Joel Drew was all Waters had to show for their minimal effort.
Longlevens got a third late on, with another goal line tap in, after some sloppy defending from a deep corner allowed the ball to be headed back across the face of goal, for Bradley Martin to tap in from inches. The game could have turned on half time, had a controversial Jack Hall goal not been ruled out for off side, but on balance, the best side won, deservedly so.
Missing six or so starters hampered Waters, but it was in no way an excuse for a poor display on the day, and Waters’ management team are hopeful they will see the desired reaction in their next game.