VWFC vs Oxford City Nomads
09/01/2018 Virginia Water 4-3 Oxford City Nomads
Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water advanced to the quarter finals of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup with a thrilling win against Hellenic Premier League opponents on a cold and drizzly night. Thankfully, the Stag Meadow pitch was in terrific condition, and the match did not let the spectators down at all.
It was clear in the early exchanges that Waters had not played for a month, whilst their opponents were by far the sharper of the teams, forcing Matt Jones in goal into two excellent early saves. The home side gradually got into the game, and came to life when the excellent Adam McNamara put Josh Guichard through on goal, only to be thwarted by a good save.
Soon after, on 25 minutes, the home side took the lead, when Josh Hill put McNamara through, to calmly slot past goalkeeper Andrew Stringer. It was end to end from then on, with both sides looking likely to score.
In a crazy end to the half, Oxford equalised with a great goal on 41 minutes. A cross from the right wing resulted in Jones saving the initial shot, only for winger Sami Khawaja to smash home the rebound.
Not to be outdone, Waters drove forward immediately, and from a Finn Evered long throw, the ball fell to Lorenzo Di Felice on the edge of the box, who swivelled and rifled home to restore the lead on 42 minutes. On the stroke of half time a deep Steve Williams free-kick was driven into Nomads’ penalty area, where Evered himself rose highest to head home a glorious effort and put Waters 3-1 up at the break.
The second half was also fast and frenetic, with the Waters back four holding firm against their nimble opponents; Marc Lansdowne (MoM), Evered, Louis Sanders and Adam Mills dealing admirably with all Oxford could throw at them.
At the other end Waters went close a few times, before a mistake at the back from Nomads allowed McNamara to nip in and nick the ball ahead of Jordi Mulvany, who rashly brought him down conceding a penalty and getting a yellow card for his trouble.
Guichard calmly slotted home the spot kick on 71 minutes to make it 4-1, and Waters were looking comfortable.
Waters went close with further efforts from Lansdowne, Guichard, Di Felice and McNamara, but were unable to increase the lead. To their credit Nomads were not done, and pulled a goal back on 82 minutes through Liam Talboys to create a nervy end to the match.
A fantastic free kick in injury time from Connor Mattimore - that left Jones rooted in goal - was the least the visitors deserved, but Waters saw the game through to record a memorable win and advance to the last eight of the competition.
Lorenzo Di Felice
Guichard makes it 4-1 from the spot