Royal Holloway Old Boys vs VWFC
05/11/2016 Royal Holloway Old Boys 2 - 3 Virginia Water
Surrey County Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water got back to winning ways, in a local derby in the County Cup – but only just!!
The hosts, who until yesterday were unbeaten and top of their league, deserved a draw, and were the better side in the first half.
Indeed, they went 2-0 up as Waters gifted them sloppy and very rare goals, to lead by that score at half time.
To be fair to Waters, they did experiment with a new formation that worked pretty well, but involved moving a few players around and resting three - always a dangerous plan in such a match.
Waters had plenty of possession, corners and territory, but could not find a breakthrough, with Marc Lansdowne, Adam McNamara, Martin Peters and Steve Williams all having efforts on goal, and player of the half, Louis Sanders, causing havoc down the left flank.
Having committed to giving six of the players only 45 minutes each, manager Ceri Jones stuck to this, and got through, as said – only just. There was a big impact off the bench from Josh Hill, Dan Whatford and Max Samyint, and Waters got back into the game. Hill scored from the spot, after he was brought down and McNamara should have been awarded another after he was chopped down when clean through.
Matt Jones redeemed himself with two great saves whilst Waters were 2-1 behind, and with time running out, Finn Evered rose highest, to head home the equaliser from a Hill corner.
The character of the away side was good to see, and they pressed for the winner. From a break by Whatford, the ball was laid back to McNamara, who smashed in a memorable winner.
It was very harsh on the hosts, but Waters will gladly take the win ahead of some tough league matches.
Well done lads.
MOM: Louis Sanders