London Rangers vs VWFC
16/09/2017 London Rangers 1 - 4 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic League Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s Reserves made the busy trip to London NW10 on Saturday to face London Rangers. Rangers were excellent hosts and worthy opponents but it ended up a worthwhile trip, as a solid, organised and all-round decent team effort meant Waters left with 3 well deserved points.
The home side were the brighter team early on, they didn’t mind a crack at goal either, and at least three well struck drives from outside the box whistled close, but past, Mark Pisani’s woodwork. Waters looked a tad sluggish until manager Rob Lamb pushed the impish, hard-working Jack Deabill up front with Sam Devoil, and slowly but surely Waters began to find a way into the match. However this was not before a superb Pisani save from 8 yards out - when it seemed London would surely score, and Paul Seymour’s penalty concession after 30 minutes which put Waters 1-0 down left them with work to do.
With 38 minutes gone it was 1-1 as great closing down of London’s back line from Deabill and Liam Shanahan left the latter with the goal at his mercy and he gleefully made no mistake from 10 yards out. 5 minutes later more great work from Deabill to regain possession followed by a composed and accurate strike by him from 20 yards out put Waters 2-1 ahead. It had been an even half really with both teams playing some decent football, the difference being that the Waters defence looked much more resolute and less likely to concede.
The first 10 or so minutes of the second half - once again the Waters’ Achilles heel - were probably the worst moments of the match as Rangers camped out in their half forcing a bundle of corners and free kicks and threatened an imminent equaliser. Thankfully, mainly through some sloppy finishing, the score remained 2-1 and Rangers were made to pay by a great goal from Devoil after great work once again by Deabill in the 58th minute. Devoil rewarded Deabill’s efforts by curling a terrific 25 yard shot into the far right hand top corner.
With a 3-1 lead Waters now began to play their best football of the match and London began to look a beaten side. Deabill looked to have grabbed his second goal after 65 minutes but the goal was ruled for a very tight offside decision. But new signing Tom Mumford, on as sub, scored from close range with 10 minutes left to seal the points for the away side.
There were some good performances; Luke Sperling, Devoil, Seymour (despite the penalty faux pas!), Michael Chambers and Tom Poulter all played well and all the subs made their mark too, but star of the show for Waters was young Jack Deabill, whose energy and enthusiasm were instrumental in this decent Waters display.
MoM = Jack Deabill