VWFC vs Penn & Tylers Green
27/03/2018 Virginia Water 2-0 Penn & Tylers Green
Hellenic Division One East
Report by Ceri Jones
Another bumper crowd witnessed a very tough, tense and physical top of the table clash at Stag Meadow, which saw Virginia Water win – but only just! To be fair to Penn & Tylers Green, they dominated the first 15-20 minutes of each half, but could not get the goal their play deserved.
This was down to some exceptional saves - including yet another penalty save (that can be viewed above) - by Matt Jones (MoM) and the strong defensive display of Waters’ back four, and half time replacement, Max Samyint.
Having seen out the first quarter Waters got the early break, when on 24 minutes Lennie Di Felice, hit an unstoppable drive, on the volley, from the edge of the box after Penn had failed to fully clear one of many Virginia Water corners.
As Waters’ passing game started to grow, a left foot cross by Louis Sanders was handled in the box and Josh Guichard slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 2-0 on 35 minutes.
Penn pushed forward and missed a couple of good chances of their own, but at 2-0 up at the break Waters were in a good place. Penn started the second half the stronger, in a repeat of the first half, even if there were less clear cut chances.
The last half hour saw discipline tested on both sides, but it was the home side who had most efforts on goal. Were it not for some excellent saves by the goalkeeper and the cross bar, Waters could easily have added to their lead.
Di Felice, Guichard (who had a terrific second half), Adam McNamara, Steve Williams and Finn Evered all went close on a number of occasions.
Thankfully for the home team, they saw out the game and achieved a huge morale-boosting win in their attempt to win back-to-back promotions. Manager Ceri Jones will be hoping that this will be as league winners – but knows that there is still a lot of work to do.
Waters wish Penn every success with their promotional aspirations also.
Adam Mills (>Max Samyint)
Lorenzo Di Felice
Steve Williams (c)
Josh Guichard (>Richard Bond)
Max Samyint (<Adam Mills)
Richard Bond (<Josh Guichard)