VWFC vs Egham Town
22/11/2018 Virginia Water 1-2 Egham Town
Surrey Senior Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters and Egham in action
Virginia Water welcomed their neighbours from the Bostik League to Stag Meadow, for this eagerly awaited local derby, played in terrific spirit, albeit poor weather conditions. In front of large crowd, the home side dominated the first quarter, with Scott Jackson and Jake Baker testing the visitor’s keeper Matt Nolan early on.
On 20 minutes, Matt Jones in goal for Waters hit a 50-yard pass to the excellent Josh Hill, who hit an exquisite ball down the line to the energetic Joe McBride. His first time cross was deflected into his own goal by one of Egham’s Alessandro Sancese. The large crowd certainly enjoyed seeing Waters take the lead, and it was no more than they deserved, especially with a number of regular starters absent.
To be fair to Egham, their response was strong, and from then on, they had more of the play, possession and territory, albeit without really creating too much. However, on 40 minutes Waters gave away too much space to midfielder Ashley Lodge, who ghosted forward to hit an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner, making it 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw the home side tire a little more than Egham did, but the outstanding Finn Evered and Adam Mills at centre back defended superbly to keep the visitors at bay, ably supported by a terrific save by Jones in goal diving to his right when needed. Chances for both sides were rare, Egham’s effort the only real save Jones had to make, and at the other end, Max Samyint sent a speculative volley wide of the goal.
As the game headed towards penalties with two minutes left, a rare lapse in concentration saw Waters gift the ball to Egham’s Rhys Rabess on the edge of the box, whose shot cruelly deflected in off the shin of Louis Sanders at full back, and into the far corner past Jones. Down but not quite out, Waters surged forward, with what little energy they had left, and from a late corner, Evered went agonisingly close with a header from close range, but it was wide of the target and for Waters, it was sadly not to be.
It was a great game for the neutral, and the effort from Waters - against a team who as recently as two years ago were three steps above them - cannot be faulted. Waters were understandably disappointed, but wish Egham well in the next round.
Sam Devoil (>Steve Williams, 55)
Harrison Duff (>Richard Bond, 80)
Harry Brooks (>Scott Jackson, 60)