Ripley Village vs VWFC
15/10/2016 Ripley Village 0 - 2 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Reserves Division
Report by Steve Cox
Waters Reserves got back to winning ways this afternoon in a hard fought battle against a resilient Ripley side who for large periods of the game gave as good as they got and were only foiled by another superb defensive display by Waters miserly defence. Replacement keeper David Guy although not over busy was a superb presence in goal and well protected by Dean Guy , Atkins , Cox and Saunders - Ripley’s attacking efforts were generally snuffed out. This became the springboard for some incisive forward play led by man of the match Joe Moore.
The first half was a battle of attrition with both defences on top though Waters created the best opportunities and Mike Chambers went closest to opening the scoring with a thumping strike from an acute angle the was well saved by the Ripley keeper. A revelation in this match was the gamble on Joe Moore, as manager Rob Lamb was short of strikers, he played the midfielder up front. His busy style of game coupled with his work rate and tenacity led to one of the best Waters forward performances of the season and in the end laid the foundations for the victory.
The half time break left the match evenly balanced but Waters could be pleased with their efforts as a solid, if unspectacular, team effort left no doubt that the belief was there to win this match.
As the second half evolved Waters class began to show against a tiring Ripley; Waters had more possession in the home side’s half and more chances began to come their way. Sam Devoil and Luke Sperling were now bossing central midfield helped down the flanks by Henry Sperling and Mark Foley. You sensed a Waters goal was coming. A great Moore effort on the run was well saved and in the 65th minute Chambers classy 20 yard goal bound curling right foot strike brought the save of the match from Ripley’s keeper as he clawed it over the bar. However from Devoil’s corner after some defensive confusion a predatory Moore lurking around the 6 Yard box was on hand with a first time strike to rifle the ball into the far right hand corner of the goal. The goal lifted Waters and deflated Ripley. 10 minutes later from another Devoil corner Dean Guy drove home from 14 yards to put Waters 2-0 up.
Barring any defensive lapses in concentration the game appeared won and that was borne out by a rock steady Waters back line that were in no mood to concede. It had been a good performance.
MoM = Joe Moore