Shrivenham vs VWFC
11/08/2018 Shrivenham 1-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Shrivenham and Virginia Water pre-match
This was a match that Virginia Water will feel they should have won comfortably, but in the end they could also have so easily have lost and come away with nothing.
Playing into the elements in the first half, Waters started poorly and could not get a foot hold in the game, as the hosts played direct and caused many problems.
The loss of centre back Marc Lansdowne to injury was key in the very early stages, and from a diagonal ball, that Waters failed to cut out, the cross was volleyed home from close range by Lewis Petrie on 20 minutes to put Shrivenham one up.
This sparked Waters into life, and soon after from a few corners of their own, Liam Whyte rose to head home on 32 minutes, his second in successive matches.
Josh Guichard, Harvey Griffiths, Adam McNamara and Steve Williams all then had efforts on goal, but the half ended all square.
With some advantage in the second half, Waters started much the stronger, and sadly missed a hatful of chances; a few one on ones, and a goal bound header turned over the crossbar by one of Waters’ own players, trying to divert it in.
Manager Ceri Jones was disappointed, but keen to move forward, “It’s best not to dwell on what could and should have been, and no doubt we will get our shooting boots back on pretty soon.”
At the other end Shrivenham countered well and looked threatening, hitting the wood work late on and Finn Evered needed to clear off the line as Waters chased the game.
Most will say a draw was the fair result, but Waters will move on and hope they do not rue those missed chances, as they will see the opportunity as two points dropped.