NPL vs VWFC
15/04/2017 NPL 0 - 3 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water set up a ‘winner takes all’ for the league title next Saturday versus Tooting Bec, after recording their 10th straight league win against a strong NPL team. In a goalless first half, both teams had good chances, with Ryan Curtis, Adam McNamara, Steve Williams, Louis Sanders and Marc Lansdowne all having efforts on the opposition goal.
At the other end Matt Jones made a terrific save from a long shot, and he and the defence put their bodies on the line to repel all aerial threats from the home side.
The half finished on a sour note for both teams, with Lansdowne sustaining a nasty head wound after an accidental clash of heads with the NPL centre half. Both were taken to hospital for stitches on some nasty looking cuts, but thankfully were released after that, and the injuries won’t affect their looks – so we are led to believe!!
Everyone at Virginia Water wishes them a speedy recovery.
After the break Waters got on top, as their football, passing and movement started to create more opportunities, albeit it took a terrific free kick from Josh Hill (MoM) to break the deadlock, having moments before headed a goalbound effort off the line.
Closely followed by a tireless shift by Adam McNamara and Joe McBride for the MoM accolade, Waters upped the tempo in the second half, and to be fair, they could have gone on to win by a few more, which would have been harsh on NPL, who remained competitive and sporting throughout and were great hosts.
Waters’ second came from a long Finn Evered throw, that was nodded on at the front post, for Dan Whatford to cross to the back post, where Adam Mills popped up to nod home from close range. The third came from the spot after McNamara had been brought down, which Hill confidently converted.
McNamara deserved a goal of his own and saw their keeper make a few saves and he was also denied by the cross bar.
Another flowing move saw him cross for Paul Burrows to side foot home, only to see his effort cleared off the line.
It was an excellent performance and result, in particular the second half, and yet another clean sheet, which must also be some sort of record for the unsung heroes at the back.
For Waters, their attention now turns to Ripley on Bank Holiday Monday, and then the league decider next weekend – it is sure to be a terrific event for all!
Well done lads.
MoM = Josh Hill