Binfield vs VWFC
21/01/2019 Binfield 1-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Jake Baker challenges for the ball against Binfield
Virginia Water had to dig deep and rely on a late own goal to get a draw with good friends and near neighbours, Binfield. The first 30 minutes saw Waters play some of their best football this season, spearheaded by a central midfield masterclass by captain Steve Williams, whose vision and passing would have graced any pitch.
For all their good play, the away side failed to take advantage; Marc Lansdowne saw his header cleared off the line, Josh Guichard forced home goalkeeper Chris Grace into a good save and Scott Jackson and Josh Hill had other efforts on goal.
The home side found their rhythm as the half progressed, and were awarded a penalty after their captain James Knight was brought down in the box. However, Ian Davies blasted his penalty over the bar, much to Waters’ relief. But, with half time approaching, the home side went ahead when a mistimed shot from Jemel Johnson wrong-footed Matt Jones in goal.
The second half saw the home side create more chances with Davies and Stephen Peacock a constant threat, even if they were spurning a few opportunities. To Waters’ credit, they kept plugging away, and with tiredness clearly visible in both sides with time running out, a long Williams free kick was turned into his own net on 90 minutes by skipper Knight.
Fifteen minutes earlier Jackson had seen another header cleared off the line for Waters, and despite forcing some corners, they thought it wasn’t to be their night, until that little bit of luck late on. It could even have been a steal of all three points, but Finn Evered’s header towards substitute striker Maciej Tajs was cleared by a last gasp intervention by Binfield’s centre back.
It was a good match for all present, with excellent hospitality thrown in, and Waters wish Binfield the very best for the remainder of the season.