Chalvey Sports Reserves vs VWFC
29/09/2018 Chalvey Sports Reserves 1-3 Virginia Water Devs
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Pete Stevens
Midfielder Sam Devoil in action for Waters
Buoyed by their last victory and performance, Virginia Water’s Development Squad were away to Chalvey Sports Reserves in their next game. It was a match they deservedly won 1–3, and not just because they played much better football, but also for having to deal with the tactics of certain Chalvey players to try to intimidate the Waters’ youngsters in particular. It was not good to see and they should have had three players sent off for reckless challenges and off the ball punches and kicks that were missed by the referee. The more experienced players though, for Waters, did a fantastic job of looking after the younger players, which is a credit to them and goes to show the type of players Virginia Water have at the club and the respect they have for each other.
Waters were confident after the last week’s win, and played the ball around nicely with everyone getting plenty of touches on the ball on a difficult, bobbly, dry pitch. The excellent Sam Devoil and Harrison Duff in central midfield were spreading the ball around nicely and on the ground whenever possible. Alex Robins and Gent Shilova in the attacking roles were showing some neat touches and quick feet creating some chances for the team, and at the same time taking some heavy challenges and verbal assaults. However, the outstanding Liam Shanahan opened the scoring with a fantastic header that looped over the keeper to give Waters the lead.
The back five of Dan Roach, Dan Stevens, Tom Poulter, Ross Miller and Luke van Spall stood firm and all looked strong. Stevens in particular, taking the ball forward waiting to pass down the line, took a cynical challenge off the ball from a Chalvey - player but luckily got up dusted himself down and took the free kick. This appeared to be Chalvey’s best chance of winning this game, but all of the Waters players kept going and went in half time 0-1 up.
Waters knew what was coming in the second half and Chalvey took control of the match with many corners and set pieces. They took one of their chances to make it 1-1 and were looking to push on. However, the Waters’ defence stood firm and goalkeeper Roach made three first class amazing saves that only he knows how he made. It then was a good time to bring on the ever ready and experienced Luke Sperling off the bench for young Shilova - who had a good first half not experiencing this type of match before, and will certainly get better.
Sean Wilks also came on making his debut for the team, replacing Robbie Greenwood on the wing and both players more than played their part for the teams win. Sperling was, of course, superb as always and proved his worth with the next goal, a great finish to make it 1-2 to Waters and deservedly so. There was still time for the excellent Harrison Duff to score a third goal with a neat left foot finish late on putting the game out of Chalvey’s reach. Dave Atkins was forced into his first appearance of the season when Shannahan twisted his ankle and had to come off, and didn’t make any mistakes, shoring the game up.
Luke van Spall