Tooting Bec vs VWFC
11/02/2017 Tooting Bec 0 - 1 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Challenge Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water reached the Surrey Elite League Cup Final with a deserved win over league leaders and rivals Tooting Bec.
In a match played in difficult and heavy conditions, it was a tight affair with nothing between the teams.
Waters started well, into the wind, and from one of many early corners, went ahead when Martin Peters rifled a shot into the bottom corner.
Chances were few and far between, with Waters’ defence strong, and Matt Jones having little to do in the first half, other than a couple of decent saves.
At the other end, Liam Hill, Jake Baker, Peters and Adam McNamara all had good efforts on goal, but with a strong wind in their faces it was important to hold out to half time, which Waters did quite comfortably.
At 1-0 and the wind now in their favour, Waters’ confidence grew, and the second half also saw few chances, most of which fell to the designated away side. A few headers, a couple of good shots by McNamara, and more set piece pressure was there, but no further goals came.
Waters kept Tooting pegged back, with Baker (MoM), Louis Sanders, McNamara and Peters pressing very high, which restricted Tooting’s chances. Liam Hill went close with another few shots, and Joe McBride and Dan Whatford ensured they were restricted in mounting any kind of attack.
With the defence as strong as ever and another clean sheet against the league’s top scorers, Waters can now look forward to a League Cup Final in April.
A top effort lads and thoroughly deserved result
MoM = Jake Baker