VWFC v Wantage Town
01/09/2018 Virginia Water 2-2 Wantage Town
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Waters and Wantage pre-game
Virginia Water welcomed Wantage Town to Stag Meadow, who held a 100% playing record with five wins out of five.
Whilst Waters would have taken a draw before the game, the way things transpired they should have won, but could also easily have lost, so a draw seemed the best outcome for both sides.
Waters had a dream start when Jake Baker chased down goalkeeper Curtis Meare, who misplaced a pass into the path of Liam Whyte, who hit a glorious first time chip from 40 yards into the empty net. The home side then proceeded to dominate the early exchanges, but gave away a sloppy equaliser on 17 minutes, when the excellent Steve Robertson was given too much space on the edge of the box, and his shot deflected over Matt Jones’ head in the Waters goal.
Undeterred, the home side pressed forward and on the half hour Lorenzo Di Felice was put through on goal. He played the ball beyond Meares, who cynically brought him down and saw red from the referee for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity. From the resulting free kick, Josh Hill hit home a terrific strike to put Waters 2-1 up.
Soon after, Hill went close again with a shot which the Wantage reserve goalkeeper tipped over the bar.
At the other end, despite the numerical disadvantage, the visitors were always a threat and Jones saved well to deny Steve Robertson again.
Being 2-1 up at half time and with the extra man advantage Waters should have put the game to bed – but that was not the case! The second half belonged to Wantage, as the home side surprisingly failed to capitalise on possession, and only had many set pieces to offer and few clear cut chances on goal.
Wantage, via the same person Robertson, got their equaliser on 62 minutes when a long ball found the home back four flat footed, and he calmly chipped in a sublime finish. Waters tried to kick on and were looking for a winner, but Wantage were organised and defended superbly, and credit to them for that - indeed were it not for a couple of good late saves from Jones and a couple of shots off target, the visitors could have taken the points themselves.
At the end of the day it was a great match, albeit a lost opportunity for a famous win for the home side, but a welcome point all the same for manager Ceri Jones.
Lorenzo Di Felice