VWFC vs Bishop's Cleeve Dev.

07/04/2018 Virginia Water Reserves 1-1 Bishop's Cleeve Development (aet, BC win 5-6 pens)
Chairman's Challenge Cup
Report by Steve Cox

Virginia Water’s Reserves hosted Division Two West side Bishops Cleeve Development in the quarterfinals of the Chairman’s Challenge Cup on Saturday. Unfortunately, after a 120-minute battle, Waters came up short in the penalty shootout, ending any small hope of winning a trophy this season.

It was a close run affair with both defences unprepared to yield under any sustained attacking threat over the 120 minutes. The visitors took the lead in the first half after 20 minutes, once again, failure from a wide midfielder to track his runner led to a shot at goal that Mark Pisani failed to completely deal with and the Bishop’s Cleeve striker prodded home from 12 yards out. Waters responded 8 minutes later when a 30-yard free kick from Michael Chambers, struck with accuracy and power into the bottom right corner, hauled Waters deservedly level.


For the rest of the match, on a stamina sapping, pitch Waters had the best of the chances. Steve Mills in the 87th minute hit the crossbar with a rasping drive, and, in extra time, Scott Ancell had two excellent opportunities to win it for Waters towards the end. The first chance saw his volley at the far past go into the side netting, and the second brought the save of the match from the Cleeve goalkeeper, as he dived low down to his left to claw away the goal bound shot.


Waters’ inability to find a winning goal was to cost them dearly as they couldn’t match Cleeve’s penalty taking accuracy and allowed the Cleeve keeper to make a couple of routine saves, to their one miss, to knock the home side out of the cup 5-6 at the end of the sudden death shootout.

MoM: Dan Stevens

Line up:

Mark Pisani

Dan Stevens

Dave Atkins

Michael Chambers

Billy cox

Steve Mills

Aaron Nevitt

Luke Sperling

Harrison Duff

Mark Carter-Draper

Sam Meadows


Jack Deabill

Scott Ancell

Rob Lamb

The clubhouse at Virginia Water FC is available for hire, and is suitable for parties for all occasions


Sky TV, pool table (free of charge), stage area, dance floor, kitchen area, bar, toilets and changing facilities


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