VWFC vs Woking & Horsell
22/10/2016 Virginia Water 2 - 1 Woking & Horsell
Surrey County Junior Cup
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water Reserves played and won their first cup match of the season in a close encounter against a previously unbeaten Woking & Horsell side that, not being used to losing, gave it their all to preserve their unbeaten record. It was a good win for Waters but once again there were some areas in the team performance that need to improve if they are to sustain a strong challenge for the league title.
Waters took an early lead after 10 minutes as a cross from the left that cannoned off Sam Devoil was headed goalwards by Mike Chambers, and then turned in from close range by Devoil. 15 minutes later it was 2-0 as great closing down by Joe Moore was rewarded as a crossfield ball 25 yards out was struck powerfully by the left footed Andy Ingram, his low drive was misjudged by the Woking keeper as it ripped into the net. Goal mouth action was hard to come by as both teams fought hard. The halftime whistle came with Waters in the driving seat but well aware of Woking’s potential threat if they could pull back a goal.
Once again captain Luke Sperling led by example covering nearly every blade of grass on the pitch. Defensively Waters looked strong with youngsters Tom Poulter and Tom Flower outstanding and well supported by Dave Atkins and Alex Saunders, and the second half arrival of Paul Butler at right back enhanced Waters’ defensive effort as he had an impressive half an hour replacing the injured Flower. Matt Hargreaves in goal - looking solid - was well protected and relatively untroubled throughout the match. Waters midfield of Sperling, Dave Guy, Ingram and Devoil held their own without taking control but overall became a little disappointing especially in the second half as they failed to create enough inroads into the away defence. The Woking defence grew in confidence through the game and Moore and Chambers, and later Ollie Rosborough up front had a frustrating afternoon as they made little impact against a defiant and well organised defence.
To be fair to the away side their team spirit and all-round attitude kept them believing that they could turn the game on its head and to Waters’ credit they refused to flinch as the away side gave it their best shot. Woking finally got on the score sheet as a 20 yard free kick left Hargreaves no chance. The goal came in the 86th minute and proved to be too little too late as Waters held on for a hard fought victory.
MoM = Tom Flower