Aston Clinton vs VWFC
02/12/2017 Aston Clinton Reserves 2-1 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water Reserves’ season descended into complete unbridled mediocrity after succumbing to yet another defeat, this time to second-bottom Aston Clinton. After being outclassed and outplayed last week today was much more promising, as for much of the game Waters were either better or matching everything Aston Clinton could throw at them.
The first half was tight, both teams played some decent football, and Waters probably shaded it because of a good defensive display, whereas Clinton’s defence did not look quite as solid - and with better composure in front of goal Waters could have nicked a lead. However, the score remained goalless at halftime, which was just about right on the balances of play.
The second period was different, Waters played some great stuff; they threatened down both flanks, bossed the midfield and looked defensively strong- Mark Pisani in goal was having a quiet afternoon. Waters took the lead in the 58th minute as a goalmouth melee ended up with a defensive clearance ricocheting into the Aston Clinton goal, and claimed by Steve Mills.
Deservedly 1-0 up Waters looked value for more goals, but this was where their problems began as chance after chance was spurned by wasteful finishing. Clinton were still in a match that they should not have been and in the 77th minute they were level, as concentration in defence and an unlucky deflection off of Michael Chambers’ shin left Pisani conceding the only real shot on his goal in the second half he had faced. Inspired by this, Clinton fancied victory so the game now had an end-to-end look about it.
Waters were still looking more likely to win it as they forced plenty of corners and created plenty of goalmouth action, but it seemed that the fates had decreed “no win for Waters today” and, in the 88th minute, with Waters stretched going forward, the ball was given away easily in midfield which allowed the Clinton 11 to break clear. And with only their second shot on target, he scored to make it 2-1 to the home team.
Gutted about summed up the feelings at the final whistle for Waters’ team as their all-round team performance deserved better, but, in truth, the old cliché “you must take your chances or pay the price” applied in spades in the context of this match.
MoM: Luke Sperling