Bourne Blades vs VWFC
22/10/2016 Bourne Blades 0 - 4 Virginia Water
GWAFL Division 3
Report by Dan Basheer
After last week's cup excursions for Virginia Water A's, it was back to league action this weekend, and an away trip to Bourne Blades in a fourth versus fifth clash. Waters once again fielded a youthful side, and as has become a recurring theme this season, Bourne Blades attempted to unsettle the younger players by playing a physical game. However, Waters were undeterred and let their football do the talking, immediately settling into the game. Waters handed debuts to some more new signings, and one of them, Luke Constable at left back, sent a searching diagonal ball towards the right wing. Bourne were looking for an offside decision but the flag stayed down as Charlie Russell latched onto it and calmly slotted the ball past the stranded goalkeeper into the net to put Waters 1-0 up.
The goal should have settled Waters, but to the home side's credit their direct approach was causing a few jitters for the away side. Waters, however, were dangerous on the counter attack and the front four of Nathan Clark, Sean Wilks, Jake Basheer and Charlie Russell, ably supported by Alex Lovell from midfield, were cutting through Bourne quickly and incisively and creating more chances. Only one more goal was to come before the break though, and despite the scrappy build up where Bourne could not clear their lines, Sean Wilks challenged a high ball in the penalty area that was allowed to bounce, and Jake Basheer arrowed home a volley that flew past the goalkeeper to give Waters a 2-0 halftime lead.
The home side felt aggrieved to be losing the game to a lot of junior players, and their physical efforts were increased in the second half, but the referee decided that no one needed a card during the game, despite the numerous repeat offenders for the home side. The game became fairly scrappy and Bourne were still playing a direct game, but skipper Ross Miller and debutant Dan Stevens (the youngest player on the pitch), were solid at the back and were supported well by full backs Constable and Freddie Turner, and Dan Roach in goal - who when required, made some good saves. Bourne hit the post when it looked easier to score, and the game looked to be getting away from Waters.
Another new signing, Jamie Walters, enetered the fray as manager Paul May looked to change things up and his impact was a good one, providing a good outlet on the left side. It was his curling shot that extended Waters' lead and killed the game, his effort going in off the underside of the crossbar. Late in the game another incisive Waters break saw the tireless Alex Lovell put through by Luke Townson's through ball, and he lashed home from the edge of the area to put the gloss on the performance.
It was a solid performance from the away side, standing up well to the physical challenges of the home team, and their effort and work rate were rewarded with a resounding victory.
MoM = Dan Stevens
Ross Miller (c)