Chalfont Wasps vs VWFC
16/02/2019 Chalfont Wasps 1-1 Virginia Water Dev
Hellenic Division Two
Report by Pete Stevens
Midfielder Josh Hill
After an extended break caused by the recent adverse weather, Virginia Water’s Development team were away to Chalfont Wasps and, on the back of a few disappointing recent results, they were hoping a good performance with a score line to match.
Waters did not have the best of preparations, the ground was quite a difficult place to find and some travel issues with the journey caused some players to arrive late, but being given a good warm up, the players seemed up for the occasion. The pitch was very boggy and was always going to be difficult for either side to play attractive football, but Waters got to grips with the pitch quickly and started the match brighter than the home team. With Chalfont being sat at the bottom of the division, Waters were expected to win comfortably. However, Chalfont did have a few decent players and probably had the best chance in the first half with a close range header that went straight into goalkeeper Dan Roach’s hands.
But Waters hit back; Sam Devoil tried some long shots at goal trying, to find his range and Josh Hill supplied a superb cross into Richard Bond’s path, only to see his volley saved very well by the Chalfont goalkeeper. Waters did have more possession, and were looking the far better side in the first half, so it looked like a win was the more likely result for the away side.
No changes were made by either side at half time, and Waters started bright and looked like the better side at the start of the second half. However, it was Chalfont who broke the deadlock after 50 minutes, when the ball came out to Tom Lutteman on the edge of the box, and he smashed an unstoppable volley into the back of the net. It was an unexpected setback for Waters, especially with the defence of Dan Stevens, Liam Hill, Harrison Duff, Ben Jones and Roach having excellent games and looking especially solid.
From then on Waters pretty much dominated the second half. Josh Hill went close with a deflected shot, Harry Brooks looked threatening throughout and had a few efforts on goal, but found the Chalfont goalkeeper in excellent form and he kept them in the lead in the match. Finally, Waters found an equaliser. Brooks slid a pass into the feet of Ruben Bande and his shot went in off the post and into the net. Waters felt they should have had a penalty towards the end of the game when a Chalfont player blocked a shot with his raised hand, but the referee did not see it that way and waved away the protests.
It was a very good second half from Waters that could, and should have ended with a win and more goals. The 1-1 draw was disappointing from a result standpoint, and seemed like two points lost rather than one gained.