VWFC vs Aston Clinton Dev
19/08/2017 Virginia Water 3 - 2 Aston Clinton Development
Hellenic League Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s reserves began life in the Hellenic league with deserved but chaotic victory against a young and well organised Aston Clinton Development side.
Waters’ first half performance was as good as has been seen for some time, they played some impressive possession football using all areas of the pitch - every player in the side played their part and it was good to watch. Chances came, Aaron Nevitt was unlucky as his strong run and conversion into the net was ruled out by a tight offside decision.
However, new signing Richard Bond arrived in the box to convert the hard working Nevitt's cross after 18 minutes to put Waters 1-0 in front. 10 minutes later, after a Dave Atkins inspired short corner, Sam Dennison curled a 25 yard shot into the far right corner for his first goal for the club, and, 2-0 up Waters were in control. Just before halftime it was so nearly 3-0 as a Nevitt cross was powerfully headed towards goal by Liam Shanahan but the goalkeeper saved well.
The Waters management team wanted more of the same in the second half, but that is not Waters’ way where this reserve side is concerned! Seconds into the new half a mix up between goalkeeper Matt Hargreaves and new signing centre back Paul Seymour gifted Aston Clinton with a simple goal as centre forward Alex Smith walked the ball into an unguarded net. This lifted Clinton and deflated Waters, the two halves now became chalk and cheese as Clinton dominated .In the 53rd minute it was 2-2 as a speculative 35 yard shot by Clinton’s Smith caught Hargreaves napping and it somehow found the back of the net. Waters were in disarray, and it was now Aston Clinton looking the only likely winners.
Alex Ssenabulya made two brilliant last ditch goal saving tackles and Hargreaves made one good save to deny Clinton the lead and then the game turned on its head. In the 63rd minute Clinton were awarded a penalty as Seymour was judged to have fouled the away side’s number 11. Hargreaves redeemed himself for his earlier mistakes by producing a match winning penalty save to deny Clinton’s Smith his hat trick.
This lifted and inspired Waters back into the game and this close fought affair was decided in the 75th minute, as the hard-working Bond battled clear down Waters right, and it was his low quality cross was turned home through a crowd of players by the classy Sam Devoil - Waters had somehow pulled off a victory from the jaws of defeat.
MoM = Alex Ssenabulya