Wallingford Town v VWFC
24/02/2018 Wallingford Town 1-2 Virginia Water
Hellenic Division One East
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water quickly bounced back from the disappointment of Tuesday’s defeat to Sandhurst with an important win against a competitive Wallingford Town side. What was more impressive was Waters learned that they are the only team to have recorded the double over them this season – no mean achievement.
In a match that could have gone either way, particularly in the first half, the bobbly pitch made it difficult for the sides to display any flowing passing throughout. The hosts had a couple of early chances, as did Waters, but both goalkeepers were not really tested other than some long-range efforts.
Waters could have gone ahead but for a brilliant goal line clearance by the home defender, who somehow managed to clip the ball over the bar with two Waters players on hand to score a tap in. Playing into the wind, Waters’ new but enforced centre back combination of Steve Williams and Adam Mills were terrific for the whole 90 minutes and more than capably deputised for the absent Finn Evered and Marc Lansdowne.
Indeed Waters were five players down from the Tuesday match, but the character of this squad to grind out a result (particularly after going behind) was a real squad effort. Wallingford took the lead early in the second half, when a cross floated into the far top corner. It was a little harsh on the away side, but rather than drop their heads, back they came.
With Joe McBride (MoM) and Richard Bond driving forces in central midfield, Waters pressed forward and from a throw-in, the predatory Adam McNamara turned and swivelled to hit home the equaliser on 65 minutes.
Waters had the upper hand for most of the final quarter and got their second and ultimate winner, when the excellent Josh Guichard headed home on 70 minutes, again from a throw in.
Both teams were not finished, and whilst Waters could have added to the score, Wallingford were also unlucky to hit a post late on.
It was a hard game, played in true spirit by both sides, the hosts being equally impressive with their hospitality, sportsmanship and praise at the end of the match – of which Waters extended a thank you.
Manager Ceri Jones was pleased with an important three points, and wish Wallingford the best for the remainder of the season.