Merrow vs VWFC
28/01/2017 Merrow 0 - 2 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s Reserves produced a strong accomplished performance this afternoon that probably deserved a more rewarding score line than the two goals they finally managed that secured a well-deserved victory.
There were good performances all over the pitch, but the outstanding efforts were produced by Callum Taylor, Steve Mills and Dean Guy as they probably earned 9 out of10’s where the other lads close on their heels were pushing 8’s. The only blemish to the team effort was the missing Gary Clark but his last minute replacement Matt Jones doubly made up for his no show.
On a superb playing surface Waters played some great football, chances were created but the final ball was never quite right so the frustration mounted as the goal Waters deserved would not materialise. Taylor’s fantastic dead ball delivery from set plays, corners and free kicks, was always on the money but even then luck or misjudgement foiled any goal opportunities.
Billy Cox was replaced after 15 minutes after receiving an early yellow card; this brought young Jack Deabill into the fray into the middle of the park for his reserves debut. The lad 17 years young made a great impact, not only is he one for the future he is one for right now. Between him and Taylor it was the best central midfield effort I’ve seen for many a week. In fact with Mills down the left and Saunders down the right both working their touchlines well in defence and attack this was definitely one of the best all-round midfield performances I’ve seen this season. It won the game.
A dominant but goal barren first half was also marred by goal keeper Matt Hargreaves having to leave the field with a serious groin injury. The gods were smiling on the Waters team today as by pure luck 1st team keeper Matt Jones was on the bench, dreaming of coming on as centre forward and scoring a hat trick. Hargreaves’ injury ruined those dreams as Jones ended up in goal and in the process playing a valuable part in keeping a Waters clean sheet.
Waters stuck manfully to their task, still a goal would not come, but the lads kept plugging away with the look of a team who believed they would win. With 20 minutes left, Levi Jefford, who had a good game up front along side the classy Martin Peters was tiring and was replaced by Sam Devoil. Manager Rob Lamb put Mills up front and Devoil down the left. This change and a tiring Merrow defence suddenly allowed Waters far more space and opportunity in front of goal, and minutes after Devoil’s entrance a fine thrusting run into the penalty box by Mills followed by the best cross of the match, low and hard, was gleefully guided home by Alex Saunders after his lung bursting run into the six yard box, 1-0.
Merrow’s attempts to get back into the game were repelled in some comfort by good team defending led by some strong ball winning by a dominant Dean Guy, on the ground and in the air, either way he was impressive. Then in the 84th minute Waters secured the 3 points as some fine inter passing between Devoil, Mills and Peters led to Peters slide rule low cross being turned in close to the goal line by Alex Saunders to put Waters 2-0 in front.
This was more like it today, a strong team performance, only marred a little by lack of composure and precision by the ball delivery in open play into the penalty box. The lads were on it from start to finish and ultimately made a decent Merrow team look very average.
MoM = Callum Taylor