VWFC vs Bishops Cleeve
09/02/2019 Virginia Water 1-1 Bishops Cleeve
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
An entertaining match in front of a good crowd at Stag Meadow played out on Saturday, with honours deservedly even on the day. Two years ago, three divisions separated the two teams, and it was a stern test for Virginia Water who are now winless in five league games. However, the home team started the stronger with the wind in their favour.
Liam Whyte, Jake Baker and Ruben Bande all had good chances and went close.
Waters went ahead on 24 minutes after Jamie Reid was pushed in the box, and duly converted the penalty himself.
At the other end, the defence were excellent, in particular Marc Lansdowne, with Matt Jones in goal only having to deal with long shots.
Try as they did to add to their single goal, it was not to be, and Waters held a slender 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half the visitors were the better, and pressed hard, with their ambition of promotion at the forefront of their thoughts. The pressure told in the 75th minute when striker Ieuan Crowe got in between the home centre backs and miscued his shot under the advancing Jones in goal.
Cleeve then had a good penalty shout declined, but to be fair to Waters, they did have a number of chances to seal the game at 1-0, and even snatch all three points. Lansdowne saw one header drift wide, and another cleared off the line. Adam McNamara forced the goalkeeper Lewis Clayton into an error, but his shot was cleared off the line by a last ditch block by the defender.
Then, with a draw looking likely, Max Samyint hit a pinpoint pass that Read took in his stride, only to see his shot go over the bar from close range.
It was a great match for all who witnessed it, and Waters wish the Bishops Cleeve squad and their management every success as they push for the title.
Steve Williams (C)
Josh Hill (unused)
Eddie Lazarczuk (unused)