Bishops Cleeve Dev vs VWFC
17/02/2018 Bishops Cleeve Dev 0-6 Virginia Water
Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
It was relief to all at Virginia Water to finally play a match after a five-week period without any competitive football of any kind. Both sides appeared a little rusty in the early exchanges until a well-taken goal, rifled in with his left foot, by Josh Hill (MoM) on 22 minutes settled Waters down.
From then on Waters found their feet, and their passing and movement eventually ground down their resilient opponents and hosts. In a match very well refereed that flowed without any caution, Waters’ second goal arrived on 37 minutes from the same source - after the official played a good advantage. Steve Williams, another contender for MoM, turned in the centre circle and hit one of many terrific long-range passes into the path of Hill, who hit a stunning shot into the top right hand corner.
At the other end, Matt Jones in goal had a very quiet day and was supported well by a strong back four, martialled by the impressive Marc Lansdowne. At 2-0 up at the break Waters were expecting the hosts to come out firing for the second half.
However, the away side nullified any threat, and, after some neat interplay on 51 minutes, the prolific Adam McNamara was put through on goal from which he calmly slotted home past the advancing goalkeeper.
Soon after Josh Guichard stamped his own authority on the game, heading home from some distance, after a great cross from Hill on 60 minutes. Guichard got his second on 68 minutes, when he slotted home after some good build up play by Richard Bond. The scoring was finished on 82 minutes, when Lansdowne headed home a Jake Baker cross to cap a great day for the away side.
Waters now have the daunting prospect of a home quarterfinal tie with high flying Bracknell Town from the Premier division, something manager Ceri Jones and the team are sure to be looking forward to.
Lorenzo Di Felice