Windsor v VWFC
27/08/2018 Windsor 1-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters in action against Windsor
This was a terrific match, fitting for the bank holiday occasion, as proprietor and tenant fought toe to toe in front of a bumper crowd at Stag Meadow on Monday afternoon. For the 200 or so who witnessed the game, most will feel honours were deservedly shared equally on the day, as per the 1-1 result gave them.
Virginia Water started brightly, and should have gone ahead with Finn Evered and Adam McNamara going close, the latter thwarted by a great save by Hugo Sobte in the Windsor goal.
At the other end Matt Jones saved superbly to deny Matt Woods and Jeevan Panesar, as Windsor fought back to gain the upper hand.
They did exactly that as the hosts went ahead on 29 minutes when the ball broke loose in the visitor’s box from a corner, and Matt Woods prodded home from close range. The home side then controlled the match for the next 15 minutes or so, and could have added to their lead before the break. Waters were dealt a blow before the interval, as they lost the excellent Marc Lansdowne with suspected ankle ligament damage.
The second half for the larger part belonged to Waters, and they got a deserved equaliser when McNamara rounded the home centre back and crossed for Lorenzo Di Felice (Lenny) to calmly control and smash home on 52 minutes.
Waters’ bad luck then continued as they then lost the prolific Josh Guichard to a nasty injury, but his replacement, Scott Jackson, made an immediate impact almost finishing another flowing move, but his volley was hit straight at the Windsor goalkeeper.
In the ascendancy, Waters pushed on, and but for a fingertip save by Sobte from a goal bound shot by McNamara, it could have been all three points for the visitors.
Indeed, Waters had a goal dubiously disallowed for offside, when Di Felice and Liam Whyte linked, but Di Felice’s finish was harshly ruled off. At the other end, Windsor had their chances, Jones again kept Windsor at bay with three or four fine saves, and Josh Hill cleared a header off the line.
Then on 81 minutes was a real contentious moment; Another Waters attack ended with Di Felice shooting from 20 yards out, the ball was fumbled, what most thought into his own net by Sobte in goal, but to Waters’ dismay - as the officials were perhaps so far away - the goal was not given.
In fairness, neither team deserved to lose on the day, and Waters wish Windsor the best of luck for the season ahead, and are also hoping for a speedy recovery to Marc Lansdowne and Josh Guichard from their injuries.
Lorenzo Di Felice