Bishops Cleeve vs VWFC
03/11/2018 Bishops Cleeve 3-3 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
This was yet another roller coaster of a game that saw Virginia Water come away with (what was at least) a deserved draw; however, they could and should have taken all three points, but also could easily have lost!
Taking on the two-hour journey with a depleted squad, and the daunting task of facing a team that had won their previous eight matches was not something Waters looked forward to, but this paled into insignificance with a tremendous effort by all of the players.
In near gale force wind, with the advantage in the first half, Waters grew into the game, with the excellent Adam Mills going close with a header. Equally impressive were Steve Williams, Jake Baker and Adam McNamara, who all went close, before Baker set up McNamara up for the opener on 24 minutes – no less than Waters deserved. At the other end, the conditions meant that Matt Jones was rarely troubled, and despite a few nervy moments, the away defence held firm.
Waters knew the second half would see them having to defend well, playing against the wind, but on 60 minutes, Scott Jackson put a long ball through for McNamara to run on to, and slot a great finish past the advancing keeper to put Waters 2-0 up. Waters at that time should have gone on to take the points, but as they tired a little, - added to the introduction of 3 powerful substitutes - the home side hit back with a goal from a set piece, that Waters should have cleared.
Soon after Bishops Cleeve drew level, when again Waters switched off and failed to deal with a tentative break down the right, from which the Cleeve striker was allowed to turn and shoot home from close range. With both sides going for the win, it was the home side who looked to have taken the win on 86 minutes. Waters failed to deal with a corner that was headed home from close range.
Not to be out-gunned, from the restart, Waters pushed on; Steve Williams hit a raking pass over the full back, and his hesitation allowed the energetic Scott Jackson to nip in and chip the goalkeeper on 88 minutes.
It was a thoroughly entertaining match for the neutral, and one of those ‘if only’ games, but a terrific and gutsy performance by the players.
Lenny Di Felice