VWFC v Easington Sports
29/09/2018 Virginia Water 1-4 Easington Sports
Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
Centre back Mike Chambers in action for Waters
Virginia Water fell at the first hurdle in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup, with a disappointing performance against an excellent Easington Sports side.
In a fairly uneventful first half, the experimental Waters side had the better chances, with Harry Brooks and Scott Jackson forcing good saves from the visiting goalkeeper Adam Rimmer. At the other end Matt Jones barely had a save to make in the first 45 minutes.
However, that all changed in the second half, when some defensive hesitancy gifted Easington the first goal on 47 minutes. Waters introduced a few substitutes soon after, and one of these, Jake Baker, equalised with a tap in on 64 minutes.
The match then changed when Waters had left back Dom Clarke rightly sent off, and within minutes Easington took advantage of the numerical supremacy and went 2-1 up with a wonder strike from 25 yards, that went in off the underside of the cross bar.
In a calamitous final 7 minutes the Waters defence gifted two late goals to the away side, but credit to them, they deserved their win and Waters wish them well in the next round.
The home side, on the other hand, have to dust themselves down for the tough trip to Tuffley Rovers next week, in the hope of getting a result.