Stokenchurch vs VWFC
06/10/2018 Stokenchurch 3-2 Virginia Water Devs
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Pete Stevens
Midfielder Sam Devoil in action for Waters
Virginia Water’s Development squad faced a trip to Stokenchurch village, on a very windy and wet day – which meant difficult conditions on a very open pitch. A couple of changes to the team saw Richard Bond come into central midfield from the first team and Alex Saunders come into the side at right back.
The first half kicked off, and both teams created some good early chances. With the conditions, some mistakes were bound to happen from both teams, and it was Waters who capitalised first, when Stokenchurch failed to clear their lines. Harrison Duff, playing in the more advanced midfield role, struck a left foot shot that hit the crossbar and bounced into the net. It was a great start for Waters, who seemed good value already for three points. Waters tried to keep the ball flowing and played some good football at times, but the home team were always a threat with some good players on their side. Gent Shilova and Alex Robins worked hard for a second goal but were up against a solid Stokenchurch defence.
The second half saw the home team come out with all guns blazing, determined to get back in game. Ten minutes into the second half saw Shilova replaced by Steve Streeter - a former Waters player returning to the club and playing his first game for the Development team, going into central defence. However, Stokenchurch did get back into the game, with a quick break and good finish to make it 1-1.
Saunders, now in the left wing role, and Robbie Greenwood on the right wing, tried hard to give Waters more width and take the game to the home side once again. Unfortunately, the game changed when Duff was very harshly sin-binned for ten minutes for dissent leaving Waters with ten players. The home side took full advantage and made it 2-1 from a free kick that looped over goalkeeper Dan Roach’s head. Luke Van Spall, having a good game for the away side, from a set piece, made it 2-2 with a left foot volley at the far post and at this stage, Waters looked good to grab a winner.
James Balfe and Phil Bicknell up front pushed on looking for the third goal and winner. Unfortunately, Waters’ bravado was harshly punished, and they were very unlucky to lose the game when Stokenchurch broke quickly and grabbed the winner late on. Hopefully it will be a lesson learned for the Devs; there must be full concentration for 90 minutes.
Luke van Spall