VWFC vs Horsley
21/03/2017 Virginia Water 2 - 0 Horsley
Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Report by Ceri Jones
From a Waters standpoint, this was by far the best, hardest and quickest match of the season so far, as both sides really went for the win in front of a large crowd of almost 130 spectators. All were treated to a pulsating fixture that thankfully, went Waters’ way and deservedly so!!
The start was frenetic and end to end, as the back to back treble winners made us work for every ball, as they also chased a victory that would keep them in the running for a third league title. Our defence held firm with full backs Max and Josh adding some terrific support in attack also, whilst Adam Mills and Finn Evered (jointly MoM) rock solid in dealing with the threat of the potent Horsley attack.
Waters had many chances from corners and set pieces, with Adam McNamara, Ryan Curtis, Paul Burrows and Joe McBride all having attempts on target. But Waters could have gone behind had it not been for a great save by Matt Jones, following a mesmerising run by the Horsley no. 10 and danger man. Soon after Waters went ahead, when Curtis had a shot parried by the Horsley keeper, only for McNamara to react quickest and slot the ball home.
Into the wind, the home side had the better of territory and played the better football, with the front two of Curtis and McNamara chasing everything. Louis Sanders had a terrific match on one flank, ably supported by Burrows on the other flank, and Liam Hill and the engine of McBride in the centre. At 1-0 up at the break, Waters felt in control, but had to keep up the tempo.
To the huge credit of the lads they certainly did that, reinforced by the impact of the boys off the bench, and forced Horsley on to the back foot for much of the second half. Waters added to their lead when Curtis was put through, and slotted home to the delight of most of the watching crowd! McBride, McNamara, Burrows and Sanders all went close to increasing the score, whilst the ‘clean sheet factory’ at the back stood firm.
It was a great spectacle for the league and football as a whole, a match of total joy to have witnessed. The win is the Waters’ 12th in succession, and a staggering 16th from 17 competitive matches. Waters are now points and games in hand in second place, and reduced the lead of Tooting Bec at the top from 15 points a few weeks ago, down to a mere 4 points, with two games in hand – it seems to be going down to the wire with the two sides due to meet on the last day of the season.
An excellent night, performance and result, and onwards Waters go into the County Cup Semi Final on Saturday.
Well done lads!
MoM = Finn Evered & Adam Mills