Stokenchurch vs VWFC
09/12/2017 Stokenchurch 2-3 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s Reserves completed the double over Stokenchurch this afternoon with a fine first half performance that was highlighted with a fine hat trick from new boy Mark Carter- Draper.
In freezing conditions on an exposed pitch, Waters attacking down the slope looked impressive in all departments; Billy Cox, Michael Chambers and Dean Guy in defence were outstanding all game in a successful back three system . This enabled Waters’ midfield five to impressively boss that area. Aaron Nevitt, Jack Deabill and Sam Dennison in the central midfield formed a fine partnership and with Tom Poulter and Steve Mills producing fine wing back performances down the flanks, it was turning into one of their best performances of the season.
Waters’ first goal came after 10 minutes as a deep Mills cross was headed back across goal by Poulter for Carter-Draper to turn home from 6 yards at the near post. Now Waters were producing their best spell of the match, and chances came aplenty. The second goal arrived as the impressive Sam Meadows forced a mistake from the Stokenchurch defence, and the cool thinking Carter-Draper expertly rounded the keeper to slot home from 12 yards out. With 33 minutes gone Waters struck again. Once again good work from Meadows allowing another Carter-Draper one on one with the goalkeeper, which he dispatched in similar style to his second. It was a fine hat trick - the first for a long time in a Waters’ Reserves shirt and it had put his team in total control at 3-0.
The way the team were playing you couldn’t see a way back in it for the home side, but almost bang on halftime a lack of concentration from goalkeeper Dave Guy allowed a long range 25 yard shot to fly under his foot as he stood near his goal line.
Attacking down the hill and with the lifeline of a goal just before the break, Stokenchurch sensed a chance to get back into the game. Waters were still looking strong in defence and repelled most of what Stokenchurch threw at them, and had chances to increase their lead as well. However, the loss of three key players - Nevitt, Chambers and Meadows - increased the pressure on Waters and a poor goal conceded from a corner, as the delivery eluded Dave Guy, was smashed home to set up a frantic finish.
Stokenchurch sensed the chance of a draw that never looked likely after 43 minutes of the first half. Waters held firm to earn the victory that their overall performance deserved but in the end it was a close run thing.
MoM: Mark Carter-Draper