VWFC vs Stokenchurch
14/10/2017 Virginia Water Reserves 3-0 Stokenchurch
Hellenic League Division Two East
Report by Steve Cox
Virginia Water, fielding a very strong team - a combination of first team and reserves, produced a fine team performance to outplay a good Stokenchurch side.
Waters played a 3-5-2 formation which worked splendidly. Paul Seymour, Michael Chambers and Marc Landsdowne had fine games as the back three. However the real standout effort came from the five in midfield who totally dominated from start to finish the midfield battle. Dan Whatford, Joe McBride, Luke Sperling, Steve Williams and Aaron Nevitt put together one of the best midfield performances that has been seen from the Waters Reserves’ management in 3 seasons at the club, they were superb from start to finish and were up against good opposition too.
The other success on the field today was the fine effort from goalkeeper Mark Pisani who, although mostly untroubled, was called upon on at least 3 occasions to make fine saves at pivotal moments during the game that could have changed the course of the eventual result.
Waters took the lead after 10 minutes as a fine cross from Whatford was headed home under pressure from 8 yards by Devoil. A competitive first half ended with Waters holding a narrow lead which they deserved but maintained by Pisani’s fine double save.
The second was again all about Waters holding the upper hand but with Stokenchurch looking capable of getting an equaliser if the home side dropped their level of play. The crucial Waters second goal arrived in the 65th minute as super sub Jack Deabill came on the for the returning and tiring Martin Peters. His energy and enthusiasm immediately paid dividends as he broke free down the right. His fine low hard cross was eventually turned into the goal by Whatford to give Waters some breathing space at 2-0.
Stokenchurch now looked a beaten team and Nevitt’s 25 yard strike added icing on the cake in the 85th minute to put Waters 3-0 in the lead, which was probably what they deserved for a colossus of a performance against a decent opposing side.
MoM: Aaron Nevitt