VWFC vs Ashtead
04/11/2017 Virginia Water Reserves 3-4 Ashtead
Surrey County Intermediate Cup
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water Reserves crashed out of this seasons Surrey Intermediate County Cup in a thrilling match that found victory always tantalisingly just out of their reach .
It was a tough defeat today for in many parts of the game Waters played well. They found themselves 2-0 down at halftime after conceding in the 3rd minute from a freekick and on the stroke of halftime from a defensive lapse that was ruthlessly capitalised on by Ashtead’s lively left winger. In between these goals Waters dominated most of the play, but their season-long issue upfront was exposed again as Waters barely tested Ashstead’s stand in keeper, whose age made Mark Pisani in Waters’ goal look like a youth player making his debut.
After halftime Waters, from somewhere, found their fighting spirit and to a man they set about salvaging their cup dreams. They had Ashstead on the rack and deservedly got back in the match when Paul Seymour coolly slotted home a penalty after Jack Deabill was upended when he was about to shoot after 55 minutes. With the bit between their teeth, and after spurning some decent chances Max Samyint, now pushed up into midfield, rifled home from 15 yards in the 70th minute to level up the tie at 2-2, and it looked like only one team was going to win the game - and it was Virginia Water. 5 minutes later those expectations were rocked as once again a defensive implode and a fine individual effort from the Ashstead number 15 left Waters bewilderingly 3-2 down. It was Ashtead’s first shot on goal in the second half and only their fourth on target in the whole match.
Waters came roaring back again, the gamble of 3 at the back with Michael Chambers pushed up front now began to reap its rewards as Ashtead struggled to deal with Chambers in all departments. It was stirring stuff as Waters caused havoc down both flanks; Aaron Nevitt and Alex Saunders down the right and Samyint and Alex Ssenabulya down the left were getting in some fine crosses. For the third time, in the 87th minute, Waters equalised as Chambers, once again causing Ashstead problems, earned Waters another penalty. Once again Seymour, with aplomb, hauled his team level at 3-3. The joy, though, was tempered with a knee injury to Chambers that might mean a spell on the sidelines.
The final moments were left in the hands of the gods as Waters were gallantly striving for a winner - and they had a couple of opportunities, created by Rob Lamb, but spurned by the strikers. This left themselves naively exposed at the back, so much so that a long ball from the Ashtead defence behind Saunders, left with no cover, was superbly carried then dispatched by Ashtead’s 15 for his second goal in the 93rd minute to leave Waters heart broken.
Defeat is tough to take and one can always be critical of performances, but on reflection the Waters management team may think that the brilliant second half performance from this team, where they showed skill, teamwork, desire and courage far outweighs the result and it gives them hope for the weeks ahead.
MoM: Max Samyint