Frimley Green vs VWFC
17/12/2016 Frimley Green 1 - 5 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
The last game of 2016 for the Waters Reserves turned out to be a real Christmas cracker, and the final score line doesn’t do the intensity of the game or the gutsy, fully committed, and at times skilful performance of Frimley Green justice. Likewise the score line doesn’t reflect on how much courage and effort the Waters lads put in to turn this football match in their favour after an early Frimley onslaught would have seen many sides in this division submit to an inevitable defeat. It was an uplifting experience being in the Waters dugout watching this team of young men inspired once again by the battle cries of Dave Atkins, first to weather the Frimley onslaught then wrest control - even when decisions at vital times went against them, to finally, in the last 15 minutes put a demoralised home side to the sword with three quick goals.
It is still unclear whether it was a Waters’ customary slow start or just a brilliant first 15 minutes from Frimley but Waters were on the rack, 1-0 down after 2 minutes, Matt Hargreaves making a great save a few minutes later followed by some last ditch defending as Frimley’s skilful and pacy attack threatened to overrun a beleaguered Waters. Gradually Waters warmed to the task, their levels were raised all over the pitch as they slowly but surely got to grips with their fired up opponents. 30 minutes in the industrious Joe Moore thumped home from 25 yards an unstoppable shot that was unbelievably disallowed for an orchestrated offside decision from the home team. This only galvanised Waters into greater efforts. It was great to see Levi Jefford and Scott Ancell upfront doing what manager Rob Lamb expects his forwards which is defending from the front. The Frimley defence was gradually being put under more and more pressure as the game went on. Halftime arrived with Waters 1-0 down but you kind of felt barring accidents Waters were now in the ascendency in this match.
The second half pressure finally got its reward following a splendid Moore corner as Ancell, with a well-placed header, put Waters level after 59 minutes. The arrival of subs Billy Cox and Ross Miller added extra impetus to the Waters revival as the away side now had a strangle hold on a tiring Frimley side. Moments later another Moore corner was headed home, this time by the imperious Dean Guy but surprisingly it was ruled out by the referee. Not to be denied Waters responded again as another Moore delivery this time from an undefendable free kick was brilliantly turned in at the near post by a jubilant Mike Chambers. It was the least this hard working Waters side deserved; 2-1. With 10 minutes left Jefford pick pocketed Waters third goal as he seized on a defensive error and skilfully slotted home from 25 yards as the on rushing keeper committed himself. 3-1 up and in total control the last memorable moments belonged to the mighty Dean Guy as he acrobatically turned and volleyed in from another set piece to make it 4-1 and then in the dying moments a penalty award for handball was viciously smashed home by him to leave Waters elated 5-1 winners.
MoM = Scott Ancell