VWFC vs Holmer Green
29/01/2019 Virginia Water 0-1 Holmer Green
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Another disappointing result for Virginia Water, in very difficult conditions, where sad to say, their poor finishing once again cost them dear! Starting brightly enough, manager Ceri Jones is still baffled at how his side managed to miss so many early chances ( but at least they created some this week!), and whilst a little harsh to report on this, it is only fair the neutral knows the story of the game.
Within 10 minutes, Josh Hill was put through by a defence splitting pass by the outstanding Jack Simmons, and with the only the goalkeeper to beat, he somehow sliced his shot wide. Moments later, the reliable Josh Guichard had a great chance from a corner, but dragged his shot wide left of the target. Unluckily for Guichard and Waters, he had a similar opportunity less than 10 minutes later, only this time he placed his shot agonisingly wide right of the post. Jason Baverstock saw his curling shot just fail to hit the target, and on the numerous times Waters got in behind the visitors defence, the final ball or cross was too often not up to the mark, either straight at the keeper or over hit.
At the other end, the defence held firm, with Matt Jones not having a shot to save, but then on 29 minutes from a Holmer Green corner, Jones was bundled over and Dean Munday headed the ball in from close range. 1-0 down at the break was not what the home side’s football deserved, but it was a harsh lesson in missed opportunities.
Waters pushed hard in the second half; with the introduction of Ruben Bande giving the home side plenty of hope for an equaliser, and possible winner. Guichard forced a good save by Holmer’s keeper, and from the rebound, Finn Evered headed over from a couple of yards out. Waters were dealt a blow on 63 minutes, when Guichard was sent off for a second yellow card, but undaunted, they continued to dominate possession and territory, albeit still with no cutting edge in front of goal.
There were two strong calls for a penalty, one bizarrely overruled by the referee after the linesman had flagged, but it may have been just outside the box. Another saw Hill pulled down from behind, but again waved away by the referee.
Scott Jackson saw his free kick scrambled away by the goalkeeper, with the rebound going wide. There was yet more frustration for Waters, seeing substitute Maciej Tajs shown a bewildering straight red card, for an alleged elbow that no one saw or appealed for. Waters still fought hard, but it was clearly not going to be their night!
Credit to the visitors who defended well and could have nicked a couple of goals on the counter attack, but Waters are left counting the cost of another home defeat and some soul searching as to how on earth they lost the game, let alone end up with 9 men.
Steve Williams (C)