Reading City v VWFC
16/03/2019 Reading City 0-2 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
In difficult conditions, this was a good away win for Virginia Water away to Reading City.
Playing into a gale force wind in the first half, Waters defended superbly to quell all Reading could throw at them, with make shift centre back Steve Williams and make shift left back Scott Jackson having terrific games in particular.
Matt Jones in goal did not have too many shots to deal with and looked comfortable with the aerial and set piece threat from the home side. At the other end, Adam McNamara and Jamie Read both went close on a few occasions, with a goal looking increasingly likely.
On 39 minutes the deadlock was broken. Jackson hit a long shot which Reading goalkeeper Matt Carr parried, Liam Whyte headed the resulting rebound on to the bar, and from that rebound Reading’s centre back Nas Bockarie saved with his hand. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the stone wall penalty, and Bockarie was shown a red card in the process. Former Reading City player Eddie Lazarczuk slotted home the spot kick to put Waters 1-0 just before half time.
With the elements in their favour in the second half, Waters controlled the game, and Jackson, Whyte and Read all went close. Then on 71 minutes, from another Scott Jackson shot, Carr fumbled for Harrison Duff to slot home the rebound for his first ever senior goal for Waters.
The match petered out in the strong wind, but also worthy of note was the strong performances of Liam Whyte and Jack Simmons in the centre of the park for the away side.
The home side’s day went from bad to worse when they ended the game with nine players, as substitute Eden Downes was also dismissed late in the game.
It was a welcome three points that consolidates Waters’ position comfortably in mid-table in the division. Waters wish Reading City the best of luck for their last few games of the season.
Steve Williams (c)