VWFC vs Farleigh Rovers
04/12/2016 Virginia Water 3 - 1 Farleigh Rovers
Surrey Elite League Challenge Cup
Report by Steve Cox
Waters pulled off a dramatic league cup last 16 victory against the odds when they somehow turned a 1-0 deficit and a 10 man disadvantage into a stunning 3-1 victory.
The game began without a qualified referee (involved in a car accident), so Waters coach Colin Hodgkinson bravely volunteered to officiate this potentially volatile match and by the time the match was completed he deserved a medal for the second half intimidation he received from an ill-disciplined Farleigh Rovers.
Farleigh were much the better side in the first half, and they deserved their 1-0 lead. Waters were very poor, disorganised and lacking in desire and effort it was very disappointing watching if you were a Waters fan. Only solid defending mainly from Dean Guy and Ollie Rosborough kept Farleigh at bay. Was there going to be a light at the end of a pretty dark tunnel second half?
As it turned out a chink of light emitted from a strange source. The catalyst for the recovery was the sending off 2 minutes into the second half of Sam Devoil for retaliation after being assaulted off the ball. Somehow it changed the dynamic of the game. Waters with 10 men galvanised themselves, driven on by a vocally inspired Dave Atkins they turned an odds on defeat into a stirring cup victory.
On 55 minutes the once again impressive Levi Jefford pick-pocketed some slack defending and after rounding the keeper was pulled back in his attempt to score. Now in Farleigh’s eyes the referee turned from saint to sinner. Colin Hodgkinson lauded for sending off one of his own players was now subjected to a disgusting tirade of abuse and swearing and accused of cheating. It was pathetic, it was a clear-cut penalty which Atkins coolly slotted home to make it 1-1. Farleigh, now losing their heads, were being outplayed. Andy Ingram’s howitzer shot from 30 yards thumped the bar and was smartly turned into the goal by Jefford but was disallowed for offside, and then Ben Jones, on for Joe Moore on the hour, made an immediate impact as great play down the right flank and a fine pin point far post cross was thumped home by Gary Clark to put Waters an unlikely 2-1 up. Farleigh threw themselves at Waters’ defence in an attempt salvage a result but Waters now were in no mood to buckle and stood firm. Rosborough capped a fine performance by clearing off of the goaline after a goalmouth scramble and Matt Hargreaves growing in confidence every game pulled off two fine saves as well as showing save hands and command of his area all match.
In the 85th minute Scott Ancell - on 10 minutes earlier for the impressive but tired Jefford - and late sub Dimitri Bouras combined to stunning effect as a skilful driving run from Bouras was converted by Ancell as the pull-back was driven home to seal a brilliant but unlikely 3-1 victory.
MoM = Dave Atkins