Long Crendon vs VWFC
13/01/2018 Long Crendon 4-0 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
It was another long, fruitless, chastening journey to a remote footballing outpost - this time in the heart of Buckinghamshire in a village called Long Crendon - where Virginia Water’s were comprehensively out-played for long periods of a ultimately one-sided match.
The first half, with Waters playing downhill, ended 0-0. This was mainly down to some pretty resolute defending and some decent goalkeeping from Mark Pisani. Waters were guilty of constantly giving the ball away up front and in midfield needlessly, from good positions, to Long Crendon who didn’t need a second invitation to launch their pacey attacks down both the left and the right flanks of Waters’ over worked defence. Waters once again looked totally inept up front, a lack of effort, desire and creativity making it an easy afternoon for the home team’s defence. Waters’ only shot on target in the match came from Alex Saunders as he got in round the back and forced the keeper to make a decent but comfortable save. Comparing the away side’s efforts against a vibrant home side hungry for victory, it just looked more like when Crendon would take the lead, not if. So getting in level at the break was a pretty good achievement.
Manager Rob Lamb demanding more effort and desire from his side at halftime appeared to get a response, as defending up the hill, Waters definitely improved their work rate and therefore their performance. With an hour gone Crendon were beginning to look a little frustrated, and not really troubling Pisani in goal, Waters began to believe that a positive result might be possible. These aspirations were shattered in moments as appalling defending from a corner at the near post allowed a really poor goal to put the hosts into the lead, as 3 of their players bundled the ball into the net from 3 yards out. The dynamic of the game changed after this as a more confident Crendon sensed victory and pushed for a second goal. But still, even at this stage, Waters had the look of a team who wanted - and were trying for - an equaliser as Aaron Nevitt and the tireless Luke Sperling drove the team on. Finally getting the ball in behind the cruising back line of Crendon Waters sensed there could be the chance of an equaliser as the home side produced some ragged defending. However, what has been a regular feature of Waters’ Reserves all season, albeit against some good sides, they look like they could play all day without scoring. This must be quite a reassuring feeling for most teams Waters play, as they never managed a worthwhile shot at goal all of the second half.
In the 72nd minute, after once again giving the ball away needlessly in midfield, a cross from the excellent number 8 from Crendon was well despatched by their number 11 and it was “good night nurse” for the Waters resistance. Three minutes later, after an error from Pisani, it was 3-0, which was a shame for him as he had had a decent match. The heads were down now and a jubilant Crendon made it 4-0 in the 87th minute, after a Billy Cox mistake from an ill-advised short goal kick from Pisani, left Waters a well beaten side and with the long depressing journey home.
MoM: Aaron Nevitt