Ardley United v VWFC
22/09/2018 Ardley United 1-0 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
A disappointed Waters side
Lightning unfortunately does strike twice for Virginia Water, in sickening style, with another late injury time goal giving Ardley United all the points, in a match that neither side deserved to lose.
The home side started brightly, with their front line causing some problems, but came against an inspired performance by Matt Jones in the visitors goal.
He first saved a one-on-one chance, and followed this up with a terrific penalty save, when Finn Evered was adjudged to have brought down the home striker - picking up a yellow card in the process.
At the other end, Jake Baker hit the bar, and had another shot just wide.
In addition, Josh Hill had three good attempts on goal, with some further efforts by Scott Jackson and Steve Williams, and a number of half chances.
Somehow the half ended goalless, with the away side starting to get on top.
The game changed within a minute of the restart when Evered was shown a second yellow, resulting in the red, forcing Waters to play with 10 men for almost the entirety of the second half.
After a re-shuffle, the away side played the better football, and chances were plentiful at both sides, with the keepers on top form.
Jones saved well on a number of occasions, with the defence also doing a heroic job, whilst at the other end Harvey Griffiths went close a few times, and Hill missed (unusually for him) a great chance from 10 yards out to take all three points, and another one on one saved by goalkeeper Christian Lawrence.
Adam Mills ghosted by some defenders to force a good save by Lawrence again, and just failed to tap in the rebound.
With the game deep into injury time, and Waters pressing for the win, a deep cross was cut out by the home side, and on the counter Waters found themselves - maybe naively – in a three-v-two situation at the back. This culminated with the home striker rounding Jones on the by-line, to pull the ball back for an agonising goal line scramble that was turned in by Deon Gallacher, to rob the visitors of point at least, that all their effort and enterprise deserved.
Credit to Ardley who also played their part in an entertaining game and conducted themselves in sporting fashion, but Waters will once again rue the missed chances, that at this level are proving costly – but onwards and upwards. Manager Ceri Jones is sure that if they continue with the performances of recent league matches, Waters’ luck in front of goal will soon change.