Chalfont Wasps vs VWFC
30/09/2017 Chalfont Wasps 1-3 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic League Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s Reserves produced a strong team performance this afternoon that was built around a strong work ethic with and without the ball, coupled with the ability to take their chances when they came along.
There were three new faces to this seasons starting line up in Martin Peters, Tom Mumford and goalkeeper Neil Griffith and they gave the team a lift from last week’s poor performance - and after 20 minutes they had raced into an impressive 3-0 lead.
The first goal came after 7 minutes as Griffith’s 70-yard goal kick found Peters down the Waters right flank. Peters, getting the better of his marker, delivered a superb cross that was brilliantly steered home at the far post by the arriving Mumford.
5 minutes later Waters’ two unsung heroes in central midfield, Luke Sperling and Sam Dennison, winning consecutive fifty-fifty tackles in midfield gave the swashbuckling Jack Deabill a glimmer of an opportunity 35 yards from goal. Without hesitation Deabill brilliantly lobbed Chalfont’s 6’ 4’’ goalkeeper to put Waters 2-0 in front. Waters’ lighting start did not end there, great play down the right again involving Peters then a fine ball wide from Sperling was wonderfully and precisely fired home first time by Mumford from 20 yards to put Waters in footballing heaven at 3-0 away from home.
To Chalfont’s credit their heads did not go down and they fought hard to get back into the match. For a good 15 minutes they had the better of the game. Strong defending from Waters’ backline of Tom Poulter, Paul Seymour, Michael Chambers and Ross Middleton kept them at bay and a reassuring performance from new keeper Griffith made sure that the Wasps had no sting in their tail. In fact, seconds before halftime only a good save from the Wasps keeper to keep out a Peters shot after a Dennison free kick kept the score at 3-0.
The second half was a tight affair, both teams working hard to gain an advantage but they cancelled each other out as a cloying pitch took its toll on tired legs and it was literally the last kick of the game that gave the gutsy Wasps a consolation goal as lack of concentration down the left flank slightly spoiled Waters’ fine team performance and the chance of a rare and what would have been a deserved clean sheet.
MoM: Tom Mumford