VWFC vs Woodley United
14/11/2017 Virginia Water 0-0 Woodley United (0-2 aet)
Reading Invitational Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
The learning curve continued for Virginia Water, albeit they were on the receiving end of a harsh result on the night against an organised Woodley United team from the Hellenic Premier Division.
The visitors were the better side in the first 20-25 minutes, although found the home side’s resolute defence a tough nut to crack. Waters got into the game midway through the first half, and for most of the match, were the better side, but sadly failed to convert many chances. Adam McNamara, Steve Williams, Jake Baker, Marc Lansdowne, Adam Mills and Josh Hill, all had opportunities that on another day could have gone Waters’ way, but it was not to be on the night.
The last thing any team wanted was extra time, and all the Waters staff thought it would go straight to penalties, but the officials, equally unsure, decided the tie was to go on for an additional 30 minutes.
Both sides had chances, then an unfortunate break for Waters on 101 minutes when a defensive lapse and untimely slip, allowed in Woodley’s striker, who Matt Jones forced wide. His shot came back off the post, only for Woodley’s Danny Horscroft to tap in the rebound when clearly off-side in the strictest sense of the law, as he was beyond the goalkeeper and the striker who took the original shot. Nevertheless, the officials remained unmoved and the goal stood.
As Waters continued to push, with more chances - quite a few from set pieces that went begging - Woodley sealed the game with a goal on the break on 118 minutes springing the offside line.
Even more disappointing for Waters was Finn Evered (a colossus at Centre Back) picking a straight red card when he had clearly been kicked from behind, that also strangely went unpunished.
It was not a welcome result for Waters, but manager Ceri Jones saw many positives, with the home side more than holding their own against a team in the division above them, in a match that really they should have won in normal time were it not for their profligacy in front of goal.
Good luck to Woodley in the next round.