Sutton Common Rovers vs VWFC
18/02/2017 Sutton Common Rovers 2 - 1 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
It was another defeat on the road this afternoon, and it was a tough one to take as for large periods of the game Virginia Water’s Reserves were the better side, played the better football and in many areas of the pitch had good performances from many of the players. The game really revolved around a season long problem of Waters not taking their chances when they come along. The stats don’t lie, and their scoring record in the league is poor.
First half Waters played really well, head and shoulders the best side, and were in control. Defensively looking strong with Dean Guy, Billy Cox and Dave Atkins in particular doing well. Central midfield with Luke Sperling and the returning Aaron Nevitt working hard together and Steve Mills a constant threat down the left flank. The problem was chances came regularly and went regularly too.
Then in the 43rd minute with makeshift keeper Callum Taylor having barely touched the ball in anger, Sutton took the lead when their best player Sam Caliax broke free down the right - not for the first time - and his low hard cross was turned in by the Sutton Striker Michael Debrah. It was gutting to go 1-0 down after a decent performance but this was compounded as less than one minute later almost from the restart, with Waters’ heads down, they allowed Debrah room down the right, his powerful run getting the better of Cox as he tried to get across to cover and resulted in a low hard cross shot that found the far left hand corner of Taylor’s goal. 2-0 down at halftime, it felt like some sort of footballing nightmare.
Early substitutions were made; Ollie Rosborough off for Paul Butler, Alex Saunders replaced by Scott Ancell and Ross Miller came on for the injured Atkins.
To be honest Waters never found the form of their first half efforts but with Ancell making a difference up front with his work rate and attitude, and Waters going to three at the back with half an hour left, they once again got on top. Ancell volleyed home from Miller’s fine free kick in the 67th minute and with 20 minutes or so left there was plenty of time for an equaliser. Once again through poor decision making and lack of composure in front of goal a bitter taste was left in the mouth as a game Waters should have won ended in a disappointing defeat.
MoM = Dean Guy
Luke Sperling (c)