Brackley Town Saints v VWFC
13/02/2019 Brackley Town Saints 1-2 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water undertook the very long trek to promotion chasing Brackley Town Saints, and on an excellent pitch with facilities to match, were rewarded with a fantastic squad effort and three points. Missing some players from the previous Saturday, and with some pre-match travel difficulties, the away side started the match second best, as the home side showed why they are one of the top sides in the division with some flowing football, albeit with not too many clear cut chances created.
Waters’ confidence grew and as the first quarter drew to a close, a great passing move between Josh Guichard, Joe McBride and debutant Eddie Lazarcuk, eventually found Adam McNamara in the penalty box, who turned well, only to be brought down. Guichard stepped up to bury the penalty and give Waters the lead.
Brackley came back hard, although the Waters defence held firm, and it was through their own mistake out wide left that led to the home side capitalising with Jordan Godfrey heading in a cross on 29 minutes to level matters.
Waters still created chances, with the tireless Jake Baker and McNamara both going close, and Finn Evered seeing a header blocked on the line, as the first half ended all square.
The second half was a real hard battle as both sides gave their all, in particular the midfield guys, where for the away side, Joe McBride and Guichard formed an excellent (first time around) partnership. McNamara went close once more, albeit there was more action in the away goal, but Matt Jones and the defence all performed heroically - Evered making one memorable last ditch covering tackle to deny the home side a clear run in on goal.
On 69 minutes, Baker harried the home defence into a short back pass, that McNamara got to first. He chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper, and tapped into an empty net – no more than he, and Waters deserved for their efforts.
There were a few hairy moments, but Waters managed the game very well, held their shape and came out on top in the end – just, as the home side exerted pressure in search for the equaliser!
Waters wish their excellent hosts the best for the future, as Ceri Jones’s men prepare for the 250-mile round trip to Lydney Town at the weekend.
Luke Van Spall
Max Samyint (unused)
Callum Hill (unused)