Chalvey Sports vs VWFC
02/09/2017 Chalvey Sports 5 - 0 Virginia Water Reserves
Hellenic League Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water’s Reserves, in the opinion of the reserve management team, played this afternoon against the best side they have seen them up against ever during their three seasons at the club. The fact that they Waters were comprehensively beaten 5-0 - and it could have been more too by this impressive Chalvey side - only magnified the known weaknesses in this Waters team.
Their first half performance was not too bad, fine performances from Sam Dennison and the returning Luke Sperling in central midfield and a solid defensive display from Dean Guy, Michael Chambers and Tom Poulter kept Chalvey at bay, just. Manager Rob Lamb’s weekly call to defend from the front, not for the first time, once more was ignored and the pressure mounted. Alarm bells had been ringing early doors down the left flank as a superb performance from the Chalvey number 7 posed a threat time after time. The disappointing thing for Waters was the lack of communication and discipline in dealing with this obvious problem, that players worth their salt would have made a better fist of nullifying. A more robust team performance may have caused Chalvey a few more headaches but too many lightweight performances left the team exposed to the ever growing Chalvey menace.
After 35 minutes the first Chalvey goal arrived as they ripped Waters open down their beleaguered left flank after they had once again surrendered possession up front. A fine run and cross from the Chalvey 7 was easily fired home close in at the far post.
What followed after halftime was nothing short of humiliation for Waters’ reserves. For the third match in a row, seconds into the half they gifted the opposition a goal. The opposition in all three matches thus far come out hard for the second half whereas Waters come out switched off and half baked. Two successive mistakes; one from Alex Ssenabulya and then from Chambers allowed a tap in from a yard out to put Chalvey 2-0 up.
There didn’t look like much of a way back into the match for a toothless looking Waters whose fate was sealed by after 53 minutes by sloppy defending as Steve Mills allowed a short corner to be taken, that induced chaos in the defence and the cross was easily headed home at the far post and Waters were down and out at 3-0. The team now looked bereft of effort, heart and ideas as Chalvey, barely out of first gear, went in search of more goals. The fourth goal after 65 minutes direct from a free kick was also disappointing. The taller the players the more difficult it is to get the ball up and over the wall, and Waters had their smallest players in the wall. That was bad organisation in itself, and when the ball was delivered the wall parted like the waves of the Red Sea as the ball easily found the back of the net for an uncontested 4-0 lead. It was tough and now Waters’ heads were down and Chalvey were in total control.
The fifth goal, a powerful strike from 20 yards 10 minutes from time was the final nail in Waters’ coffin and the final whistle could not come quick enough for a well beaten Waters side whose second half capitulation was difficult to take by manager Rob Lamb and the rest of the management team.
MoM = Luke Sperling