Bicester Town vs VWFC
16/09/2017 Bicester Town 2 - 0 Virginia Water
Hellenic League Division One East
Report by Ceri Jones
All good things come to an end, as Virginia Water surrendered their unbeaten start to the season.
Rather than focus on a poor showing by the away side, albeit there was plenty of effort –and in particular a very strong second half – credit should be given to an excellent Bicester performance.
The two home strikers were terrific, and gave the usually solid Waters’ back four a torrid time. Had it not been for some great saves (two or three in each half) by Matt Jones (MoM) , the score line could have been even worse! When a goalkeeper is named MoM, it would suggest the opposition being on top, or at least deserving of something from the game – and this was the case.
Bicester clearly know how to play on the severe sloping pitch of the Ardley Playing Fields, and Waters had no answer.
In the first half (and uphill), Waters had a good header that went narrowly wide from Marc Lansdowne, and a Jake Baker (wishing him well with his injury) shot, to show for their endeavour, whilst at the other end, as mentioned, Waters needed the help of ‘keeper Jones to stay in touch.
The second half saw the away side lift their game and effort (downhill!), and were certainly the better side for long periods, even if not creating enough clear cut chances.
Lorenzo Di Felice, saw the ball take a vicious bobble when clean through on the home goalkeeper, who in turn made a great save from a later Di Felice shot. Joe McBride went close with a diving header, when clearly impeded by the home defender, which was not the only good penalty shout Waters had declined.
Adam Mills, Steve Williams, the returning Ryan Curtis and Josh Hill all had chances and shots on goal, and despite pummelling the home defence with set pieces/corners/long throw ins/etc., they held firm, and a late goal by their captain and striker sealed a deserved win for the home team.
It was a missed opportunity for Waters to consolidate the top spot in the league, which they still are, albeit on goal difference and with teams below having games in hand, but they were second best in most aspects on the day.
Manager Ceri Jones will be hoping that they bounce back next week!
Lorenzo Di Felice