Long Crendon vs VWFC
01/09/2018 Long Crendon 3-0 Virginia Water Dev
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Pete Stevens
Goalkeeper Dan Roach
Virginia Water’s Development squad’s third match of the season was against Long Crendon’s only adult side, who were sat at the top of the league with two wins from their opening two games. The weather was bright and sunny but the day started badly for Waters when - due to road closures - four of their players turned up 15 minutes before kick-off, and started the match, so preparations were badly affected and not ideal.
It is no exaggeration to say that the park pitch that was played on was awful; hard, bobbly and in real need of some work. That said it was the same for both playing teams and should not be to blame for the result.
The match started brightly with both teams seemingly up for it and ready for action. The best of the first half chances seemed to fall for the home team and with better finishing, could have seen them go two up early on. Waters’ goalkeeper, Dan Roach, was also on hand a couple of times coming out from goal line and looking assured. Clear-cut chances were rare in the first half for the away team, who failed to create much at all. They did have a chance though, when a through ball came in from midfield into the striding feet of Scott Ancell - in his preferred striking role - who just failed to toe it past the advancing goalkeeper. Ancell, for all his hard work and running power, was probably Waters’ best performer along with an assured first half from Dom Clarke at left back.
The second half did not start so well for Waters, with Ancell coming off through injury and debutant Lewis Burns taking his place up front. Both teams started very competitively with some heated exchanges and tackles going in, especially midfield. Unfortunately, though, this was a bad day at the office for Waters, who despite competing well for the ball, just couldn’t seem to gel or string three passes together. Steve Mills replaced Alex Saunders after 60 minutes on the right wing to try to inject some directness to their play. Waters did create a couple of decent chances when Clarke looped the ball onto Ben Jones, who crossed into Mills, but his shot unfortunately went straight at the keeper. Burns also had a decent chance but couldn’t convert. Dan Stevens came on in the last 15 minutes for Liam Hill in defence, to provide some fresh legs. As the game then wore on, Long Crendon did manage to take their chances late in the second half and ran out 3 -0 winners and probably deserved their win.
Too often Waters’ passing was poor, their composure and control of the ball was poor, there were not enough passes to feet and far too many hopeful long balls played which led to nothing. They will need to work on and rectify those issues, which the management team hope will improve as the season progresses.