VWFC v Ardley United
09/03/2019 Virginia Water 1-1 Ardley United
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters' goalkeeper Matt Jones
Virginia Water got away with a draw against a strong Ardley United team, fighting to remain the Hellenic Premier Division – which, after today’s performance, Waters’ manager Ceri Jones is sure will not be in doubt.
In a frantic start by the visitors, they had two penalty appeals and three one on one chances in the first quarter alone – only to be thwarted by some excellent saves by Matt Jones in the home goal. Waters were lethargic and slow out of the blocks, and only had some shots from distance by Jamie Read, Liam Whyte and Adam McNamara of note. Despite getting into great positions numerous times, Waters were guilty of taking the wrong option and providing a poor final ball into the box.
With a strong wind in their favour, Waters failed to capitalise and the half belonged to the visitors, albeit the game was somehow goalless at the break. The home side began stronger in the second half and put together some good passing moves, and took the lead from one such move, when Josh Hill’s cross found Eddie Lazarcuk at the back post, who calmly place his header into the far corner on 63 minutes.
Rather than push on from that, Waters committed the cardinal sin and stood off, and conceded a sloppy equaliser within 90 seconds of taking the lead – which Ardley deserved to be fair on the overall balance of play.
The away side then pushed for a winner, and were awarded a penalty on 71 minutes. However, Jones confirmed his man-of-the-match status with a save low to his left.
A few more efforts were repelled by the Jones, whilst at the other end, Read shot straight at Ardley’s goalkeeper from 8 yards out – it was a gilt-edged chance. Read had another shot well saved, and Waters also went close with a Finn Evered header, but it was honours even at the end. Waters wish Ardley well for the remainder of the season.
Steve Williams (c)