Yateley United vs VWFC
24/11/2018 Yateley United 2-0 Virginia Water Devs
Hellenic Division Two
Report by Pete Stevens
Midfielder Sam Devoil
Saturday’s game away to Yateley United was, unfortunately, not a good day for the Virginia Water Development Team. On this occasion, too many players did not turn out good performances, which was a real shame. The pitch was sticky and not conducive to playing good football, but the conditions were the same for both sides - and the Yateley team, who fielded a youthful team of 21 year-olds and under, seemed to make the best of it and took the very few chances that they created.
The first period Waters played with energy, pressing high and looking for defensive mistakes. They created a couple of chances from distance but did not really test the home goalkeeper. Yateley broke the deadlock, scoring after 25 minutes against run of play, which was frustrating for the away side, who were still struggling with the conditions. Both teams, it seemed, resorted to long balls to try to score, but the strategies did not really work and it was not great on the eye either. The home side doubled their lead shortly before half time, when a defensive error cost the visitors, and the second half was very uneventful.
On a more positive note for waters, youngsters Louis Ness and Dillon Howe came on in the second half for the debuts and did well, looking comfortable on the ball. Tom Poulter also made a return to playing after being out injured, but unfortunately came off with a hamstring pull late on in the game. Hopefully, Waters will improve next week when they host Chalvey Sports Reserves in the Reading Junior Cup.