Tooting Bec vs VWFC
05/11/2016 Tooting Bec 2 - 1 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League Reserve Division
Report by Steve Cox
Waters crashed to a disappointing 2-1 defeat after recovering strongly in the second half from a disorganised defensive display in the first which saw them 2-0 down and thankful to Matt Hargreaves for a couple of good saves to keep it to only two.
This was always going to be a tough test for Waters but they made it so much more difficult for themselves as an ill disciplined and error-strewn defensive performance in the first 45 allowed Tooting Bec through on goal more times in this match than has been seen all season. A lack of communication, the biggest failing factor in this team, and positional negligence were the main factors in Waters’ demise. For example, with a strong wind against them, Hargreaves found it hard to get the ball over the half way line with his dead ball kicks. From the dugout the Waters’ management could see their midfielders consistently standing on the halfway line or in the attacking half as the ball drops short, and the opposition then win easy possession back attacking the goal again with no cover for the back four - basics!
The first goal arrived after 23 minutes after a defensive blunder allowed the Bec a one on one with Hargreaves, it was well taken. 8 minutes later it was 2-0 as more defensive disorganisation left a 2 on 1 situation that allowed Bec to walk the ball into the goal past the exposed Hargreaves who had deserved better after making a couple of great saves. Shortly after an injury saw the departure of Scott Ancell and allowed the debut of new signing Dimitrios Bouras whose performance was part of the catalyst to Waters’ second half fight back. Waters’ good luck was in short supply today with Tooting Bec’s keeper denying Billy Cox’s 20 yard low powerful drive and Dean Guy’s close range shot from Andy Ingram’s corner, stopping them from getting them back into the match with those two stunning saves.
Rob Lamb’s halftime ‘chat’ seemed to improve the team’s resolve, the decision to move the hard working Joe Moore upfront also proving an inspiring decision. Injury to Dave Guy allowed another new boy Dylan Haslam into the battle and he played an impressive part on his debut in Waters’ rousing second half effort. On the hour Dean Guy from Ingram’s corner blasted home from 8 yards to make it 2-1. In the end Tooting Bec were hanging on as Waters dominated the last 20 minutes, another Guy effort was cleared off of the goal line and Mike Chambers, right at the end, with a decent headed chance failed to hit the target.
The disappointing aspect at the end of this defeat was the chalk and cheese performance of the team. If they had played with better organisation in the first half, and defensively as a team had done the basics right, then their second half performance would surely have earned them the victory that their final 45 minutes of blood sweat and tears deserved.
MoM = Sam Devoil