VWFC vs Colliers Wood
07/01/2017 Virginia Water 1 - 3 Colliers Wood
Surrey County Junior Cup
Report by Steve Cox
Waters reserves brought in the new year with a self-inflicted County Cup defeat to a well organised but largely unimpressive Colliers Wood.
The first 45 minutes were embarrassing as the performance descended from bad to worse. As an attacking force Waters looked clueless, ball retention was awful and decision making wasn’t far behind. Then to compound this pending disaster the home side gifted Colliers Wood two bad goals as poor defending down the flanks allowed a couple of soft goals to leave Waters facing a humiliating cup exit.
It’s really hard to understand the dynamics of a football team, what makes them perform. The same squad of players who went back out on the park second half were unrecognisable from the seemingly uninterested and out of sorts outfit from the first 45. The tempo and attitude returned to Waters’ game and they made Colliers look what they were, an average, but well organised team. Almost all the second half was spent in the away team’s half. There was lots of goalmouth action but by this stage you could sense that lady luck was also an absentee for the home side’s performance as whatever they tried and whatever they did a goal would not come. This ill fortune was compounded when a one in a hundred goal bound effort from 35 yards found Waters’ keeper Matt Hargreaves in no-man’s land as it sailed into the top right hand corner, to make the score 3-0 and pretty much game set and match.
To Waters credit they stuck at it, territorial advantage and numerous dead ball situations had Colliers camped in the penalty area and some desperate defending and good goalkeeping kept Waters out. Colliers main threat was on the break out but Waters’ defence always looked in control. After umpteen chances Waters ironically pulled a goal back in the 92nd minute when a good second half effort from Sam Meadows was rewarded with a shot from the edge of the box which finally beat the impressive Colliers Wood keeper.
The 3-1 defeat was deserved after such a poor first half, and once again left manager Rob Lamb a frustrated figure trying to understand how to motivate his team to perform for 90 minutes, especially from kick off. With such a massive squad to choose from and places always up for grabs from one week to the next the need to perform to keep their place in the team you think would be motivation enough to beat teams like Colliers Wood.
MoM = N/A