Risborough Rangers Dev vs VWFC
13/10/2018 Risborough Ranger Devs 0-3 Virginia Water Devs
Chairman's Challenge Cup
Report by Pete Stevens
Midfielder Sam Devoil in action for Waters
The visit to Risborough Rangers’ home ground was a good experience for Virginia Water’s Development squad, with the nice set up they have and the sunshine; all was set up for an exciting game ahead in this first round of the Chairman’s Challenge Cup.
Mark Pisani started the game in goal, eager to keep his clean sheet record this season so far intact. Dan Stevens was at right back, Steve Streeter and Ross Miller again in central defence, and Sean Wilks made his first start for Waters at left back to make up the starting back five. The experienced Liam Hill and Luke Sperling were the central midfield pairing and Sam Devoil was deployed in the central attacking midfield position behind Scott Ancell. Harrison Duff played out wide on the right and Ben Jones on the left made up Waters’ starting eleven.
Early chances came for both teams in the first half with Devoil testing the home side’s keeper with a terrific long-range shot, and Pisani having to make an important save at his near post also. Although on a few occasions waters decision making could have been better, with some normally very reliable players making some mistakes, it was Waters who made the breakthrough. The first goal came from an unlikely source in Ross Miller after 38 minutes, with a left foot shot inside the area and he celebrated with his usual passion making 0-1 to the away team.
Pisani, again, was called into action with a fine tip over crossbar to preserve the lead. Devoil had a shot from a free kick, which went just wide, but it was Ancell in the second half who scored the crucial second goal for Waters. He cut inside from the left and shot wide of keeper and into the back of the net to make it 0-2 to Waters after 47 minutes. Steve Streeter, in his second game for the Devs, was very confident in defence and brought the ball out well on occasions looking to start attacks.
After 68 minutes, a change was made in attack when Ancell came off. Ben Jones assumed the striker’s position and on came Liam Shannahan into the left wing. Goalkeeper Pisani, once again, made an important near post save, keeping his clean sheet late on in the second half. Devoil got his just rewards with the third goal after some neat interchange passing from Stevens at right back, also incorporating Liam Hill and Shannahan to seal the game 0-3 75 minutes. James Balfe came on late in the game and made a good impression. It was a well-deserved victory for Virginia Water Development, who progress into the next round.