Ascot United v VWFC
18/09/2018 Ascot United 1-0 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Dave McBride
A disappointed Waters side
The long awaited first derby between the nearest of neighbours ended in dramatic fashion, with the home side grabbing a 94th minute winner from one of many aerial bombardments, that left the visitors disappointed, when a point was deserved for their efforts.
On a very difficult pitch, it was not the best footballing match to watch, but did not lack in effort from both sides.
Ascot United had more chances overall, with one clear miss from close range in the first half and Matt Jones turning a goal-bound header on to the post in the second half. Virginia Water had their best chance in the second half, when Jake Baker beat both central defenders, only to see his shot saved by Lee Allen in the Ascot goal.
The endeavour was clear to see in front of a good crowd, bolstered by a large away following, even if goal-mouth action was restricted to far too many set pieces – but credit must be given to both defences who stood firm on the night.
Waters continue to learn in the top flight of the Hellenic League, and played the better football in the opening exchanges, albeit a number of corners and long range shots were the best they had to show for it.
Ascot grew into the game and created some chances, not too plentiful by their previous high standards, and honours were duly even at the break.
The pattern continued in the second half, and it was the home side’s introduction of Chris Ellis that caused the visitors some problems with his missile long throws, with a strong tail wind at his back.
As the half wore on, with a draw seeming inevitable, up popped Louis Bouwers - in the bewildering 4th minute of injury time - to head home from close range, ably assisted by the predictable long throw that Waters were unable to deal with.
Classless goal celebrations from the home dugout saw tempers rise, culminating in Waters' manager Ceri Jones being sent off.
Subsequent home officials' apologies for their behaviour fell on deaf ears with officials, but were welcomed nonetheless by the away team. Credit to both sides, in a typically heated derby encounter, the visitors were disappointed not to force the draw, but offered their congratulations to Ascot also, who kept going and will take some stopping as they still sit atop the league table.