VWFC vs Frimley Green
24/09/2016 Virginia Water 2 - 0 Frimley Green
Surrey Elite League Reserves Division
Report by Steve Cox
Waters claimed their 5th victory of the season this afternoon to maintain their 100% record in the league. It was a hard fought win against a well organised Frimley Green side, but to be honest, Waters ended up being their own worst enemy as they constantly gave away possession of the ball to Frimley in key areas of the pitch, when over the last few games they have had players with great work rate and accurate passing and have overwhelmed teams with the quality of their play.
Waters started off well enough on a dry pitch and windy conditions and chances came regularly. However the seeds of doubt were sown as chances went begging. Lack of composure and some decent Frimley goalkeeping allowed the slow build-up of frustration to creep into Waters’ play. Levi Jefford was unlucky with a great first time strike as was Luke Sperling with an effort in the bottom left hand corner. Sam Devoil’s thumping drive from 30 yards was a great effort too, but like the former efforts, was well saved by the keeper.
Defensively things were okay, Frimley playing three upfront were showing a threat but Dean Guy, Billy Cox, Dave Atkins and Alex Saunders, backed up well by keeper Matt Hargreaves, were once again looking solid. The question was could Waters find a route to goal to make the most of their dominance of the game?
Finally the deadlock was broken in the 25th minute. The goal was scored with a thumping header from defender Billy Cox who out jumped the keeper and a defender from 6 yards to powerfully converted Steve Mills’ pin point cross. It was a deserved lead but you could sense there was something missing from the Waters all-round performance as they huffed and puffed a little with a spluttering first half performance.
Manager Rob Lamb tried to raise the team from their malaise at half time but if anything things deteriorated even more. Frimley’s lack of ability to create chances, coupled with some solid defending meant that Hargreaves was not seriously troubled, though he did deal with two or three long range shots in confident style.
With 67 minutes played Waters got a little breathing space as Jamie Kemp bundled the ball home from close range to make it 2-0 although the goal could have been disallowed for handball but the referee was unsighted and the goal stood. Jamie Kemp’s fortune with the goal turned to bad luck when 10 minutes later a late heavy tackle left him with a broken foot. Get well soon Kempo.
Waters actually improved in the last 10 minutes and played some of their best football of the second half. Mills had a couple of chances to finish off Frimley but could not get his shots away and Joe Moore struck a fine left footed drive that the keeper saved well. The final score however was about right as Frimley battled well against a slightly lacklustre Waters side, but it was still 3 points and a 100% league record.
MoM = Billy Cox