Brimscombe & Thrupp v VWFC
02/03/2019 Brimscombe & Thrupp 2-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters' goal scorer Adam Mills
Virginia Water undertook the 2-hour journey to high flying Brimscombe & Thrupp - minus three late withdrawals from the previous evening – but, undaunted, gave a very good account of themselves in a tough encounter. For Waters, it was disappointing to lose the match to a deflected free kick and a penalty, having scored a terrific goal from open play.
The match started evenly, with both sides having their moments, but the home side took the lead when a free kick from distance that was going nowhere took a wicked deflection off of the heel of Brimscombe’s Ollie Pitt, to send goalkeeper Matt Jones the wrong way. Clear cut chances were few and far between, with both sides restricted to long range efforts. The half petered out with Waters 1-0 down at the break, but they were still well in the game.
As a contest, the match was over early in the second half, or so it seemed, when Waters conceded a clumsy penalty kick. They had no complaints and Ashley Caldwell converted to put the home side 2-0 up. However, this somehow galvanised Waters and they started to play their best football on a difficult surface, with Jamie Reid and Finn Evered going very close with headers.
Read then went close to rounding off a flowing move, but for a superb last ditch tackle by the outstanding home skipper Chris Greenough at the heart of the defence. Waters pulled a goal back on 77 minutes, and what a goal it was. Adam Mills broke from central defence, glided past two players and put the ball through to Adam McNamara, who rounded the centre back, and pulled the ball back for Mills (who had continued his run almost the length of the pitch) to hit home an unstoppable first time shot into the corner of the net.
The away side were then in the ascendancy, and although Brimscombe had chances at the other end, they did not trouble Jones in goal. But, as hard as Waters pushed for the equaliser, it was not to be.
It was a good effort from the away team, and Waters wish Brimscombe & Thrupp every success as they strive for the title and thank them for their top notch hospitality – an example to all.
Steve Williams (c)