VWFC vs Tooting Bec
04/02/2017 Virginia Water 2 vs 1 Tooting Bec
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
Due to a waterlogged pitch at the Timbers this match was switched to the all-weather surface at the Royal Holloway University. I’m sure all the players appreciated the generosity of the club in funding this costly switch to get the game played and rewarded everyone with a hard fought victory.
It was a classic game of two halves; Waters were great for the first 45 minutes, they played some superb football. They cut through Tooting Bec’s defence at will, but once again the final ball not matching the quality of the build-up play. Again Callum Taylor’s set piece deliveries were causing mayhem in the away team’s penalty area but once again through lack of organisation and a little luck we could not score from these fantastic deliveries.
Waters’ midfield and forward play was key to the first half dominance and with Martin Peters seeming to be playing a free role and popping up in all areas of the pitch, Waters were in control. Levi Jefford, as he has done all season, showed what a great natural goal scorer he is. After 16 minutes he finished off some fine build up play between Peters and Steve Mills by thumping a great shot into the left hand top corner from the edge of the box. He quickly followed this up 8 minutes later as Sam Devoil’s fine through ball left him with a half chance on the right hand corner of the penalty area, his composure and accuracy were rewarded as the ball found the far corner of the net . Waters were cruising at 2-0. Waters maintained their level for the rest of the half although there were signs that Bec were beginning to find their stride and were not done with yet.
The second half to be frank was from a Waters point of view was very disappointing. Bec were by far the better team. The home side completely lost the midfield. Maybe the departure of the influential Peters may been the main reason but Waters were second best. There were some tired legs out there, the surface is very stamina sapping and Bec out lasted Waters by spades. Thank fully once again our defence came to the rescue; Dean Guy, Billy Cox and stand in keeper Mike Chambers were outstanding and well supported by Dave Atkins and Ollie Rosborough but it was not pleasant viewing. Bec scored a great goal from 20 yards into the top left corner with 25 minutes left and you sensed that Waters were going to have to hang on rather than grab a third goal. They did just that and hung on to the slender 2-1 lead but Tooting Bec would definitely have driven back to London thinking they deserved something from this match - ironically just like Waters did coming back from their ground months earlier after battering them second half and losing 2-1 too.
MoM = Levi Jefford