Ripley Village vs VWFC
17/04/2017 Ripley Village 3 - 2 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Report by Ceri Jones
All good things come to an end – in this case a 10 match winning run for Virginia Water.
Not taking absolutely anything away from Ripley, who had a game plan and stuck to it, but it was a match that Waters could and should have got more out of – but sadly it was not to be.
It was disappointing that with so much at stake for the away side, that the match evolved into a ‘Sunday League’ slug fest, with no dug outs, perimeter fencing, and all else befitting a SEIPL fixture, that allowed all supporters to literally stand on the touchline, giving the referee or players little or no chance, albeit the referee had a good game in a difficult and intimidating situation.
With Waters minds firmly focussed on the winner takes all match next week for the league title with Tooting Bec, Ceri Jones made some changes ahead of it, and after the game accepted full responsibility for Waters’ first loss in some time.
Two matches in a day and a half, and 4 in 10 days had taken its toll, but Waters still did not win the aerial and physical battle – and credit to Ripley for that.
Ripley went ahead from a needless free kick, which was headed home unmarked from 6 yards out.
Adam McNamara (MoM) got Waters deservedly level when he raced on to a cross field ball to chip the goalkeeper from the edge of the area. In between the away side had many chances, with McNamara, Jake Baker, Tom Curran and Paul Burrows all going close.
Soon after the break Waters scored their second, when Matt Jones fed Curran with a long throw, who in turn put McNamara through to slot past the keeper. Instead of going on to see the game out, Waters made a couple of uncharacteristic errors at the back in a nightmare 10 minutes, that saw them go 3-2 down.
Despite all the pressing, with numerous corners, throw-ins and set pieces, Waters could not find a clinical header on goal.
Chances came and went for Adam Mills, McNamara, Baker, and a few others, but it may prove to be the kick Waters need ahead of next week’s game.
Not taking anything away from Ripley, but Waters more than deserved a draw at least on the balance of play and chances created, but as mentioned before, the defeat may hold Waters in good stead ahead of next week and will certainly avoid any complacency.
The only injustice here will be that one of Virginia Water or Tooting Bec will be unlucky in their bid for promotion, when (with the kind acknowledgement of other teams in the league), both have been by far the top two teams in this division and both deserving of an opportunity to compete in a higher league. Waters will hope the day is a hiccup, and will be looking to bounce back in next week’s league decider.
Well done lads!
MoM = Adam McNamara