Lydney Town AFC v VWFC
16/02/2019 Lydney Town AFC 1-0 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Lydney convert their penalty
It was back to earth with a bump for Waters, after the euphoria of a great midweek win away to Brackley Town Saints it was followed up with a narrow and controversial defeat at Lydney Town.
It all got off to a bad start for the away side, with some travel disruption meaning the journey took almost 3 hours, but they were shown no compassion by the officials to slightly delay the kick off to allow a meaningful warm up. Having set foot in the away dressing room at 2.30pm, Waters were told they had to kick off at 3pm otherwise a report would have to be done.
As for the match itself, on an extremely heavy and cut up pitch, it was clearly never going to be a football feast.
Lydney started the better, but Waters quickly settled into a physical and aerial confrontation.
Waters found that lightning does strike twice, as another centre back was injured by a high kick to his chest. The game continued regardless, and as Adam Mills blocked a shot from Ross Gabriel, hardly anyone in the ground saw the ball accidentally strike his hand, yet with his back to the referee, and minimal appeals, the official bizarrely gave a penalty, which was duly converted by Declan Morley-Lyne.
Waters responded really well, with Adam McNamara hitting a post, Scott Jackson having a shot cleared off the line and Eddie Lazarczuk seeing his goal bound shot well saved by goalkeeper Richard Thomas.
At the other end, Matt Jones too made a few great saves from two free kicks and blocked well form a one on one chance.
Half time duly arrived, and Ceri Jones felt his side more than deserved to be at least level, if not ahead in the game.
To be fair to Lydney, they were much the better side in the second half and could have added to their lead, but some missed chances and further saves from Jones kept them out. The away side huffed and puffed and missed a few late chances of their own, with Jamie Reid twice going close in the final minutes, but sadly it was not to be.
Waters wish Lydney well for the rest of the season, and hope for a reaction next week as they entertain Longlevens at Stag Meadow.
Luke Van Spall