Tooting Bec vs VWFC
22/04/2017 Tooting Bec 0 - 1 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Report by Ceri Jones
What a finale to an amazing season!!
In front of a very large crowd, against extremely sporting and gracious opponents, Virginia Water achieved what many thought impossible – winning the league from a position of 15 points adrift early March, to win all bar one of their matches in hand and pip Tooting Bec to the title.
This was a fantastic effort by all 16 squad members, some of whom would be naturally disappointed for not starting or taking part – but the squad wins’ titles and games and not the team.
The match itself was fitting for a winner takes all contest with, in manager Ceri Jones’ opinion, Waters deserved winners having created by far, most of the game’s chances, and the ‘clean sheet factory’ coming out on top against the league’s most potent attack.
Jones and assistant Richard Banks were pleased to reach the break at 0-0, albeit Ryan Curtis, Paul Burrows, Adam McNamara and Steve Williams all had efforts on the home goal, whilst at the other end, Matt Jones had one sharp save to make down to his right. The dressing room was confident that Waters could break the deadlock in the second half if they got a good start – which was the case. Waters had a terrific period of pressure early in the second half, where in the first 7 minutes, McNamara could have scored twice and Dan Whatford also had a great chance to open the scoring. After that, Curtis, Whatford and Burrows all peppered the home side’s goal, forcing the goalkeeper into a number of good saves.
Then Waters got the all-important goal, when Ryan Curtis volleyed in a sweeping right foot finish from one of Waters’ many corners. At the other end, Matt Jones’ handling and a top defensive display by Josh Hill, Finn Evered, Adam Mills and Max Samyint ensured chances for Tooting Bec were few and far between.
There were 16 lads there on the day, who made Jones, Banks and all connected to VWFC, very proud indeed of the achievement.
Credit to all of them, with Williams and in particular Joe McBride, putting in a great shift in the middle of midfield. Whatford, Burrows, Jake Baker, Louis Sanders and Tom Curran all kept their full backs on the defensive throughout, and McNamara and Curtis up front ran themselves to a standstill – the Waters management could not ask for any more from a great bunch of lads!
Waters’ best wishes go to Tooting Bec, who deserve also to be promoted, and hope that the leagues can reward them for a terrific season also – VWFC wish good luck to John and his team!
Waters now have the small matter of the League Cup Final next week against near rivals AFC Spelthorne, and aim for an unprecedented double in only Ceri Jones’ (and chairman Dave McBride’s stewardship) second season in senior football management.
Congratulations to all, and a big thank you from VWFC to all the travelling support.