VWFC vs Horsley
25/03/2017 Virginia Water 2 - 1 Horsley
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water took on second place Horsley in a must win game to have a chance of grabbing the runners up spot in the league. Win they did, but a generally good team effort was let down by once again wasteful finishing that could have put Horsley to the sword, but instead always kept the visitors in the hunt for a least the draw that that would have been harsh on Waters after a good performance.
To be honest Horsley looked short on quality today, unusual for them, and things looked good for Waters as they enjoyed early domination of the game. After persistent attacking Sam Devoil opened the scoring for the home side in the 18th minute with a low powerful strike from 8 yards following up the keeper’s save from Sam Meadows’ initial shot. It seemed that Waters were going to win at a canter but all season long the inability to convert good possession into chances led to frustration and enabled Horsley to believe they could get something from the match. To prove a point on a rare attack Horsley hit the bar and appealed frantically for a penalty as Steve Mills appeared to handle the ball - although it had hit his face as it cannoned off of the bar. 1-0 up at the break just did not feel good enough after a pretty good team effort that could have seen the lads 3 or 4 nil up.
In the second half, if anything, Waters played even better. Rob Lamb made 3 early substitutions in Paul Butler, Aaron Nevitt and Martin Peters and they actually improved the team performance. The second goal finally arrived in the 69th minute as a great ball from Butler released the hard working Scott Ancell down the left his quality cross was met by Nevitt who, with a diving header from 6 yards, put Waters 2-0 up.
It seemed like job done but Horsley had other ideas and, after Waters were caught on the break looking for more goals, their right midfielder scored a great goal with a vicious shot top far left corner from 20 yards from the vacant Waters left back position. It might have spelled squeaky bum time but such was Waters’ dominance that the team still looking most likely to score was the home side and they saw the game out well to record a well-deserved 2-1 victory.
There were many good performances today but man of the match today without doubt was skipper Luke Sperling who provided what has been missing in this team in some areas for weeks and that was a burning desire to win coupled with 90 minutes hard work and the skills to go with all that effort.
MoM = Luke Sperling
Luke Sperling (c)