VWFC vs Balham

26/07/2018 Virginia Water 2-1 Balham
Pre-Season Friendly
Report by Ceri Jones

Virginia Water gave the reaction that was expected from manager Ceri jones, with a hard fought victory and a good work out against a strong Balham side.

In stifling heat, both sides played a very entertaining match that could have gone either way.


Waters went ahead on 20 minutes when Adam McNamara (MoM) crossed for Josh Guichard to head home inside the box.


On 32 minutes Waters conceded a harsh penalty, that Matt Jones saved in goal to preserve Waters’ lead.

But Balham pressed for an equaliser, and again were denied by some top saves and resolute defending, with Finn Evered and Marc Lansdowne stand out performers at the back.


Balham pressed further in the second half, and got a deserved goal when their striker volleyed home from close range.


Not to be outdone, Waters pushed forward, and after McNamara was brought down in the box, Josh Hill stepped up to slot home the spot kick on 75 minutes, which turned out to be the winning goal.


It was a much-improved performance and a good effort from all the players helped Waters hold out for the win.

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Waters in action against Balham

Team (first half):

Matt Jones

Josh Hill

Michael Chambers

Finn Evered

Dom Clarke

Liam Whyte

Sam Devoil

Lorenzo Di Felice

Louis Sanders

Scott Jackson

Adam McNamara

Team (second half):

Matt Jones

Josh Hill

Finn Evered

Mike Chambers

Max Samyint

Richard Bond

Liam Whyte

Harry Brooks

Ryan Curtis

Harvey Griffiths

Jake Baker