Flackwell Heath vs VWFC
07/08/2018 Flackwell Heath 1-1 Virginia Water
Hellenic Premier Division
Report by Ceri Jones
Virginia Water made their Step 5 bow with a hard earned draw in an enthralling match - away to experienced Flackwell Heath - that no side deserved to lose.
The home side, as expected, started the brighter and had a few chances that went just wide, or were saved by Matt Jones in the Waters goal.
After riding the storm of the first quarter, Waters gained in confidence and created a number of chances of their own, with Scott Jackson going close after being released by a through ball by Steve Williams.
Marc Lansdowne and Finn Evered also tested the home goalkeeper from some of many set pieces that Waters forced, and the first half ended goalless with the away side on top at that time.
It was important not to concede early in the second half, but sadly for Waters, that was not to be, as a mix up in the box saw the ball prodded home by Charlie Mallin on 48 minutes to give Flackwell Heath the lead.
To Waters’ credit, they battled back superbly, with Adam McNamara, Jackson and Williams all going close.
Then on 60 minutes, after a period of sustained pressure, Jackson crossed for the excellent Liam Whyte to head home in his debut game for the club.
Waters kicked on, and with the defences and keepers in top form, no side could get the winner and all three points – although Waters did see Whyte and Josh Guichard have goal bound efforts brilliantly saved by the home goalkeeper late on.
It would not be fair to single individuals out after a terrific team effort, however, worthy of note were the performances of Louis Sanders and Liam Whyte, with honours even on a good night with very hospitable hosts.
Lorenzo Di Felice