VWFC v Holyport
17/03/2018 Virginia Water 4-1 Holyport
Hellenic Division One East
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water returned to league action with a good win against friends and near neighbours Holyport FC.
In very difficult conditions, it was an entertaining match played in driving snow and gale force winds.
Both sides gave their all, with Waters eventually running out comfortable winners.
With the wind at their back, Waters took the lead on 24 minutes when the predatory Josh Guichard headed home from a Finn Evered throw-in. A few chances came and went, but Waters’ second gave them a strong hold on the game, when the returning Lorenzo Di Felice rifled home on 35 minutes.
As hard as Waters tried to increase the lead, the visitors defence held firm, and Waters knew that playing into the elements in the second half would be a real test – and so it proved to be. Both teams started the second half briskly, albeit with Waters struggling to get out of their half, but gave a strong defensive display, with Matt Jones not troubled in goal and dealing well with the aerial threat.
Steve Williams (MoM) and Joe McBride gradually got on top in the midfield battle, and from a sweeping move in the 61st minute, Ryan Curtis hit an unstoppable shot past Chris Defranco in Holyport’s goal to put Waters 3-0 up, and they thought, make the game safe. Not so. Back came Holyport, and after the home side gave the ball away cheaply in midfield, Paul Rake hit home a great shot on 71 minutes for the visitors.
Waters had many more chances thereafter, with Adam McNamara, Dan Whatford and Williams all going close.
The game was effectively wrapped up when Louis Sanders scored from the spot on 78 minutes, after McNamara had been brought down in the box.
It was a satisfying performance, and a good win that keeps Waters well in the hunt for the end of season honours.
Virginia Water wish Holyport well for the remainder of the season.
Lorenzo Di Felice
Steve Williams (c)