VWFC v Hersham Reserves
09/03/2019 Hersham Reserves 0-5 Virginia Water Reserves
GWAFL Division 3
Report by Matthew Gullick
Virginia Water’s Reserves took a trip to the riverside runs of Hersham Reserves F.C. this week, looking for retribution after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home in early December. Manager Matt Gullick was in hesitation, after reading weather reports of high winds and rain, which historically, has not gone in favour of Waters’ reserve team in the past – the most recent example of this was against Merrow in a 2-0 away defeat just before Christmas, and Waters gained redemption with a 6-1 win at home in February.
Waters’ six game unbeaten run in 2019 meant there was a fair amount of pressure on keeping their good form to continue. Captain Dean Guy lost the toss, so Waters played the first half with the wind at their back, which actually played to their advantage. Super striker Levi Jefford scored an early 8-minute goal with a turn and close range strike. This was closely followed by fellow striker, ‘Big Bird’ Scott Ancell, scoring with an audacious strike, followed by a penalty, putting Waters 3-0 up in the first 25 minutes. Levi Jefford then went on solo as he took on 3 defenders and smashed a top right hand corner finish to give the waters a 4-0 lead. After 30 minutes, Waters’ version of Andrea Pirlo, Luke Sperling, (Waters creative central midfielder) was forced off after a knock to his ankle. His replacement was the not too shabby experienced player/coach Dan Basheer, who created a number of exquisite passes and touches.
With Waters firmly in control at half time, managers Matt Gullick and Dave Guy gave an inspirational talk to keep the team humble and gave them the encouragement to continue their first half performance. Waters’ defensive back four, led by bulldog centre backs Dean Guy and Dan Bell managed to keep out any disruption caused by Hersham in the early minutes of the second half, and moved the ball up to super striker Levi Jefford to get his hatrick. The game finished 5-0 to the away side, keeping their unbeaten streak in 2019 and consolidating second place in the league table.
Four games remain in the league and a quarter final in the league cup is on the horizon, as Waters aim to gain some silverware by the end of the season.
MOTM - Levi Jefford
Dean Guy (c)