VWFC vs Windsor
26/12/2018 Virginia Water 2-1 Windsor
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Scott Jackson (left) celebrates his first goal
Virginia Water made their Boxing Day debut at step 5, in front of a bumper crowd at Stag Meadow, and came away with all three points – but only just!
It was a treat for all those watching, as they were witness to end-to-end action for the whole 90 minutes.
Waters were the better side in the first half, creating more chances, with Lorenzo Di Felice, Jamie Read, Scott Jackson and Adam McNamara all having efforts on goal in early exchanges.
The home side deservedly took the lead on 19 minutes when Jackson rifled home from close range after the visitor’s defence failed to clear a Finn Evered trademark long throw. Waters would have been expected to kick on from that, but Windsor fought their way back into the game, and equalised from a corner on 38 minutes, despite their seemingly looking like a foul in the area on Finn Evered that allowed scorer George Gould his free header.
Undaunted, Waters pressed forward, and from one of many corners, the ball broke to Jackson, whose goal bound shot was ‘saved’ by defender Victor Ocansey. Jackson scored the resulting penalty for his second on 41 minutes that restored Waters’ lead. The half was not over, and Dan Roberts ghosted past a few Waters defenders but his shot was well saved by Matt Jones, diving at his feet to keep the home side ahead at the break.
Waters started the second half brightly and had numerous chances to kill the game off, with Jamie Read hitting the bar after some excellent work by Jackson and McNamara down the left. Liam Whyte missed a close range header when the least he should have done was hit the target, and Waters had a few other reasonable chances that were unable to be converted.
In fairness to Windsor they then put the home side under severe pressure; Waters had Jones to thank for a brilliant penalty save, and Windsor had some other close shaves, also hitting the woodwork.
Windsor had a number of free kicks from close range that they failed to convert and in open play Waters always looked a threat on the counter. Indeed, late on McNamara raced through, only to be denied by a great save by Hugo Sobte in the Windsor goal.
It was a terrific spectacle for those watching, as Waters go up to 8th in the league table (their highest ever), and recording their 3rd successive victory. Manager Ceri Jones was delighted with the resilience shown by his side, and acknowledged that the game could have gone either way. Waters wish Windsor the best for the remainder of the season.
Lenny Di Felice