VWFC vs Westside
17/09/2016 Virginia Water 3 - 0 Westside
Surrey Elite League
Report by Ceri Jones
A remarkable result on a day when all three VWFC adult sides won for the second week in succession.
This sees the Reserves and A team top of their leagues, and the Firsts move ominously up to 3rd in the league – not a bad day!
Even more amazing is that Waters won with 10 men for 70 minutes, whilst the score was 0-0, following Ryan Curtis’ unfortunate red card.
Westside are a terrific team, with their 9, 10 & 11 very skilful lads, but not to be outfought, Waters fully deserved our win for such a strong display. The home side started very well, with sublime passing and pace, that from the off involved around 20 passes, ending with the away keeper pushing aside Adam McNamara’s shot.
Waters had 7 chances before the visitors threatened, with McNamara, Curtis, Josh Hill and Andy Ingram all going close.
Then Waters were reduced to 10 men, but this galvanised the team, and they dug in for a memorable win, and yet another clean sheet. Dan Whatford opened the scoring with a twice taken penalty, after Joe McBride had been brought down in the area.
Then, Finn Evered turned in from Ingram’s cross, after Josh Hill’s excellent free kick came back off a post.
Another goal, and Waters third, came from a sweeping move that saw Whatford put McNamara away, who calmly slotted home past their keeper.
It was a real team effort out there, and Waters knew the visitors would come back hard, especially with a 3-0 half time deficit, that Matt Jones helped keep intact with a great one on one save to deny their striker.
After the break Waters did not let up, with the defence of Josh Hill, Marc Lansdowne, Evered and Max Samyint holding their own, whilst Waters knew their chances at the other end would be limited.
This said, Evered, Lorenzo Di Felice and Adam Mills all went close to adding to the lead.
Westside were awarded two dubious penalties in quick succession, the first hitting the bar and over, the second superbly turned away by Jones.
Undoubtedly one of those day where the character and play of Waters was not going to be broken, and the ‘clean sheet factory’ goes on and on. Waters held out for a crucial and important win, enjoyed by some strong support from the stands!
Well done lads!
MOM: Matt Jones
Lorenzo Di Felice