Penn & Tylers Green vs VWFC
30/09/2017 Penn & Tylers Green 1 - 1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Division One East
Report by Ceri Jones
It was déjà vu for Virginia Water, as they succumbed to another late goal in successive weeks in a pulsating top of the table clash - albeit to end Penn and Tyler’s 100% start to the season.
At the splendid facilities, that suited both sides, the large crowd were entertained by two excellent sides going for the win.
On balance and to the neutrals there watching, it was the visitors who were the most disappointed at not picking up all three points. Waters dominated the first half, with the defence rarely troubled, led by Josh Hill and another colossal display by Finn Evered (MoM again), ably supported by Adam Mills and Louis Sanders.
There were many other stand out displays in particular Joe McBride and Sam Devoil making his league debut for the away side.
After a couple of early chances for Adam McNamara, Josh Guichard, Sanders, Hill and a terrific drive by Devoil, Waters went ahead when McBride rose to head home direct from a throw in on 28 minutes. Waters were baffled not to have a penalty when Evered was clattered over in the opposition box, yet the officials also clearly thought there was no dive so to not give any decision one way or the other was strange to say the least. At the other end Matt Jones in goal hardly had a shot to save in the half as Waters remained 1-0 up at the break, and good value for the lead.
Penn responded well in the second half, but only in the final 20 minutes after Waters again had missed some chances and also had some three-on-two situations to seal the game.
The game went up another gear in the latter stages with the home side looking to level and Waters looking to seal the win. Despite some decisions that went against the away side, that were as puzzling as the earlier penalty non-decision, Jones was forced into a great save on 75 minutes to keep Waters ahead.
Then Penn hit the body blow on 82 minutes when Evered again rose to head clear, but the ball simply hit the home side’s Adam Harman, and dropped at his feet to slot home from close range.
Both sides pressed for the win in a frantic finish, with Jones pulling off a great late save, to ensure at least a share of the spoils, even if it would have been a real injustice had Waters lost the game.
A top effort and result, which the away side felt at the end was a little like a defeat, having been the better side on the day for larger periods of the game. However, Waters wish Penn & Tylers Green well for the rest of the season.
Lorenzo Di Felice