VWFC vs Ascot United
04/12/2018 Virginia Water 1-3 Ascot United
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters pre-match handshake
This local derby was a much calmer affair than the previous league encounter at the Racecourse Ground earlier in the season – with both teams learning their lessons.
The visitors were deserved winners on the night, even if it was disappointing for Virginia Water to gift them a couple of goals. Waters got off to the worst possible start, when some sloppy defending allowed the prolific Nathan Minhas to turn and fire a great shot into the top left hand corner on 5 minutes. The home side started to grow into the game, but fell further behind, when from a long throw, Scott Jackson headed into his own goal on the half hour.
From then on, Waters had their best period, and pulled one back when Josh Hill scored from the spot on 40 minutes, after debutant Jamie Read had been brought down in the box. Soon after Read almost scored from close range, and Waters had a few other shots, but nothing clear-cut.
The second half started with the home side in the ascendancy, with Finn Evered, Joe McBride, Read, Hill and Jackson all having half chances or a shot on goal. At the other end Matt Jones made a couple of good saves, but Waters conceded a body blow late on, when from a deep free kick, they defensively lost footing and allowed Louis Bouwers to head in unmarked from 6 yards out.
As much as Waters tried, they could not pull a goal back and the away side saw the game out. Credit to Ascot, they area a quality side, who deserved all three points.