Malmesbury Victoria v VWFC
15/09/2018 Malmesbury Victoria 3-1 Virginia Water
Buildbase FA Vase
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters' Scott Jackson (right) challenges for the ball
Virginia Water went out of The Buildbase FA Vase at the first hurdle in front of a partisan crowd in Wiltshire.
Despite a number of contentious decisions going against the visitors, Malmesbury Victoria ran out deserved winners in a bruising encounter.
The home side took the lead after 23 minutes, when, after Matt Jones had made a great double save, striker Shane Bumphrey lunged in over the top of the ball (that went un-punished) that enabled him to back heel into an empty net.
Waters, though, had their chances at the other end with Joe McBride, Adam McNamara, Scott Jackson, Jake Baker, Steve Williams and Josh Hill all having attempts on goal.
The match turned on 40 minutes, when from a deflected shot, Bumphrey, who was clearly stood in front of Jones in an offside position, was allowed to tap in from 3 yards out – and for Waters it seemed like the only people that mattered felt he was onside when no-one else did.
After a 4-minute treatment delay for an injury to Jones, it was decided by the officials that there was no additional time played, and Waters went in 2-0 down at the break.
The second half was better for the away side, and they dominated the first 25 minutes, with Finn Evered scoring from a corner on 50 minutes. Waters pushed for an equaliser and had a number of other chances - if not the easiest - for Jackson, Hill, McNamara and Williams, with Hill in particular unlucky to hit the bar on 63 minutes.
From the resulting counter attack, the home side won a corner, from which Sam Parker scored because of Waters’ sloppy defending and lapse in concentration.
Waters’ poor performance is not taking anything away from the hosts, who deserved their win - even after the late dismissal of striker Bumphrey and a member of their management team, but Ceri Jones will be disappointed, as he would have expected better from his side.
Waters wish Malmesbury Victoria all the best in the next round.