VWFC vs Shalford Reserves
08/10/2016 Virginia Water 8 - 1 Shalford Reserves
GWAFL Division 3
Report by Dan Basheer
After a week off to contemplate their defeat in the previous game, Virginia Water A's bounced back in style delivering a comprehensive hiding to the visiting Shalford Reserves. Due to player availability, interim manager Dan Basheer had to field a youthful side, and also drafted in 3 new debutantes, including a new goalkeeper for the game. With only 3 players over the age of 20, and in total 5 players over the age of 17, there was a small fear that Water's might be outmuscled and outpowered by the more experienced Shalford side.
However, within seconds of the start of the game, those fears were allayed. Matt Ashfield immediately put pressure on the Shalford player receiving the ball from the kick off, who in turn played a panicked pass towards the centre half. Jake Basheer intercepted it, skipped past the defender and calmly slotted home from inside the area with his left foot to open the scoring and calm any initial Water's nerves.
From then on, apart from a couple of corners that Shalford were able to muster, debutant goalkeeper Callum Clarke did not have a save to make and the first half was all one way traffic for the home side, with the kids dictating the play and tempo of the half. Captain Ross Miller, and the returning Tom Poulter were solid and rarely tested at the back, allowing young full-backs Freddie Turner and Charlie Russell to get forward and assist in attack.
Sean Wilks, a constant threat on the left, scored the goal of the game, rifling a volley from the edge of the area from a Paul Butler cross to make it 2-0. Matt Ashfield was put through by Jake Basheer and calmly slotted home the third goal when one on one with the goalkeeper. Sean Wilks got his second of the game, again stealing in behind the defence, slotting home Dan Basheer's through ball. Charlie Russell was combining well on the right hand side with Butler, who was also impressive, and the two of them linked well for the fifth goal. Butler played the ball to Jake Basheer, who picked out Russell's run into the area and he put past the keeper from 8 yards out. Waters were not quite done for the half, and new signing Ibai Pijoan capped an impressive debut with a goal, striking from distance, although the goalkeeper will be disappointed that he was unable to keep it out.
The second half saw Waters take their foot off the gas slightly. Passes were not being cared for and, credit to Shalford, they came out the quicker of the 2 sides. The away side pulled a goal back when their attacker headed in a corner at the back post. Waters were disappointed to concede, but that gave them the wake up they needed for the second half. Substitues Nathan Clark, Ashley Scott and Alex Lovell all caused problems for the away side, and it was Jake Basheer and Scott allowed to play a wall pass in the area that Basheer tucked away to make it 7-1, despite the protests from Shalford for offside. Ned Moss also joined the fray for his debut and Shalford were sick of the sight of the younger legs running at them.
Sean Wilks completed his hat trick (via slight deflection), getting a short corner from Butler, ghosting past the defender closing him down and hitting his shot from the edge of the area. Waters, could and probably should have had more goals; The away goalkeeper saved well from Jake Basheer, Nathan Clark, Tom Poulter, Ashley Scott and Alex Lovell, whilst there were also attempts put just wide over the bar from Miller, Dan Basheer and Jake Basheer too.
All in all, a good comfortable win for Waters, with the goal conceded the only blemish on the day. Waters will be aware that not all their games will be that easy, and a tougher tests awaits them next week in the county cup away to Brockham.
MoM = Sean Wilks
Ross Miller (c)