VWFC vs NPL
08/10/2016 Virginia Water 3 - 2 NPL
Surrey Elite League
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water go top of the league, but we were really made to fight and got a little lucky against an excellent NPL side, who matched them in most departments.
The kiss of death for the home side was to score after only 40 seconds, when a partially fit Adam McNamara, rounded their defence and pulled the ball back for Martin Peters to slot home via a generous deflection.
NPL stormed back and got a deserved equaliser from a cross, when Waters gave the ball away sloppily in midfield.
Then soon after Waters found themselves 2-1 down - after such a dream start - when NPL’s striker sliced a cross in off the underside of the bar.
Waters’ passing was not as slick, and further chances on both sides were few and far between, apart from a terrific counter that Max Samyint narrowly shot wide, and good efforts by McNamara, Steve Williams, Tom Curran, Josh Hill and Peters.
At the break Virginia Water needed a get together and to dig deep if they wanted something out of the game.
To the lads’ credit they delivered, and were better and stronger in the second half, forcing many corners and set pieces, as they looked for the equaliser - albeit Waters were almost dead and buried when caught on a counter attack, only for Matt Jones to save brilliantly when one on one.
This galvanised the team and within minutes the home side were level from one of their many corners, when Marc Lansdowne turned in a low shot with his left foot from a knockdown.
The impact from the bench was terrific, with Michael Chambers, Liam Hill, and in particular Louis Sanders, the latter adding some flair down the left flank. It was from a flick on McNamara, that Sanders fired in the winner with 10 minutes to go, which was deserved on the second half performance, but not the first.
Sometimes you need a little luck, Waters got it in the second half, but not in the first, so it seemed to all level out.
The character got Waters through, with Curran in particular making many strong runs and doing the defensive work securing him the MoM performance. A fifth straight win, (six from seven, one a draw), sees Waters at the top of the league table – a terrific effort by the lads.
Well done lads!
MOM: Tom Curran