VWFC vs Guildford Park
18/09/2016 Virginia Water 1 - 0 Guildford Park Reserves
GWAFL Division 3
Report by Dan Basheer
Virginia Water's A team made it two wins from two in their home league debut. Hosting Guildford Park Reserves at the Timbers, the players were keen to make an impression under the watchful eyes of the reserve team and first team managers. Waters were able to field a strong side, and there were some disappointed players not selected this week, which is a testament to the strength in depth at the club.
Waters gave debuts to Shaun McIntyre, Ashley Scott and Dylan Haslam, albeit the latter two started as substitutes, as manager Dan Basheer was able to field the majority of the side who had beaten Farncombe a week earlier. Waters started well with Cameron Sullivan-Davis looking bright and dangerous, and Ollie Rosborough proving to be a driving force in midfield. When Waters played the ball around, Guildford were left to resort to conceding free kicks, with Jake Basheer and Sean Wilks in particular drawing a lot of fouls.
Waters' goal came midway through the first half, a ball crossed in from the left was not cleared properly and fell to McIntye on the right hand corner of the penalty area. His strike on the half volley flew into net leaving the away goalkeeper with no chance.
Waters had other chances, with Jake Basheer skimming the roof of the net from a free kick, and Luke Hearne and Rosborough going close with headers from corners. Dan Roach was almost a specatator in goal in the first half. The only blight on the first half was the injury to skipper Paul May, who broke his collarbone after falling awkwardly from an innocuous challenge. Sub Dylan Haslam replaced him at centre half alongside vice-captain Hearne, and had a very solid debut.
The second half was more of the same, Guildford were happy to play the long ball, and as they tired, Waters were able to exploit the space, but were unable to convert their chances. Sullivan-Davis went close, but couldn't find the right finish in the box, McIntyre had a shot deflected wide and Jake Basheer saw his curling shot somehow saved by the goalkeeper. Waters almost conceded what would have been an undeserved equaliser, when goalkeeper Roach misjudged the flight of the ball from a hopeful free kick into the box. However, his blushes were spared by a superb goal line clearance by Tom Flower. That aside, Waters looked comfortable once again, and will now be hoping that they can convert their dominance in games into more goals.
MoM = Ollie Rosborough
Paul May (c)