VWFC vs AFC Aldermaston
11/11/2017 Virginia Water 3-0 AFC Aldermaston
Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
In front of a large crowd, Virginia Water safely progressed to round 3 of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup, but only after overcoming a nervy start where the visitors had a few early chances saved by Matt Jones in the Waters goal.
On a slick surface at Stag Meadow, the home side soon got into their stride, with Adam Mills and Josh Hill combining well down the right, to set up a few chances of their own.
From a number of set pieces, Adam McNamara volleyed in one of Finn Evered’s long throws on 27 minutes, to settle the nerves.
From that moment on, it was mostly one-way traffic, with Steve Williams and Joe McBride (MoM) dominating the centre of the park and show casing some great passing.
Lorenzo Di Felice, McNamara, Mills and Josh Hill all went close to adding to the home side’s lead before the break, but it remained 1-0 at halftime.
Waters needed a brisk start to the second half, and although they had to wait a while for the second goal, they were rarely troubled at the back with Louis Sanders, Evered, Marc Lansdowne and Mills ensuring Waters kept a clean sheet.
The second and third goals came from the same source; On 69 minutes McNamara crossed low for the predatory Richard Bond to side foot home.
This was repeated on 80 minutes when Bond got his second, this time from a Mills cross.
Further goals could have followed, but it was not to be, and credit to Aldermaston who never gave up, and almost forced a late consolation goal.
It’s a safe passage into the third round and continues a marvellous seven match winning streak for Ceri Jones’ side – long may it continue.
Lorenzo Di Felice