VWFC v Brackley Town Saints
22/10/2019 Virginia Water 1-1 Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Stag Meadow ahead of kick off
Virginia Water are quickly becoming the draw specialists, after this excellent match failed to produce a winner, which on balance, was probably deserved by the home side.
Waters almost went ahead within a minute, when the returning Lorenzo ‘Lenny’ Di Felice, rounded goalkeeper Matt Crowther, only to drag his shot wide. In fact, Di Felice almost scored soon after from two good opportunities, one from a free kick and one from a short corner - both shots fizzing just past the right hand post.
The visitors were playing some great football, but Waters’ defence was coping admirably and Matt Jones in goal hardly had any real shots to save. At the other end, Louis Sanders, Joel Drew, Martin Peters and Joe McBride all had efforts to open the scoring, but failed to.
The first goal, which came a little against the run of play, was very harsh. A long cross popped up and hit Marc Lansdowne on the arm, for the referee to see fit and award a penalty, which was converted on 35 minutes by Ryan Knight. Virginia Water fought back and again went close, but were 1-0 down at the break.
The second half was almost all in favour of the home side, with Sanders, Lansdowne, Drew and Di Felice all again going close. However, the equaliser, when it came, was worth the entry money. Some real sharp passing from Waters ended with McBride squaring the ball for Drew to slot home.
Waters were well on top and pushing for what would have been a deserved winner, but as seems to be the current trend, it was not to be, and the honours were even in the end.
Manager Ceri Jones was pleased with what he saw though, “I thought it was a top performance by us, which hopefully will see our fortunes turn.”
Waters wish Brackley Town Saints well for the season ahead.