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MATCH REPORT

VWFC 2 - 3 Windsor

27th December 2021
Combined Counties Premier Division North

 

Both sides produced a thrilling encounter in front of a big crowd at Stag Meadow.

Sadly a game that may be remembered for some poor decisions that cost VW dearly, rather than the game itself, for the losers at least!

Windsor started the brighter with a number of early chances, but VW weathered the storm and grew into the game with Harry Brooks, the excellent Turnell Sinclair, Redor Omar and Casey Bocarro all having efforts on the Windsor goal.

VW did also force a number of corners, which were comfortably dealt with by the Windsor keeper, who had a very commanding game.

Almost against the run of play, Windsor went ahead on 35 minutes, with a bazaar goal from a corner, that VW sliced toward goal, but was cleared off the line by Casey.

This was not the end of it, as despite no appeals, the linesman said the ball crossed the line, and could see this through a number of bodies and almost 30 yards away!?

Who needs VAR?

VW had much the better of the second half, and got a deserved equaliser on 61 minutes, when Turnell raced clear to be brought down cynically in the box, Casey hitting home the resulting penalty.

Again, to everyone’s bemusement, the referee chose not to caution the Windsor CB for the offence, who was already on a yellow card, and that would have been game over with VW well on top at this time, and Windsor down to 10 men – by the letter of the law.

Another bizarre twist was to follow late on!

VW pushed for another, and it was Turnell again who raced by the Windsor defence, to beat the advancing keeper with a great finish on 68 minutes.

Luke in goal made a great save to deny Windsor an equaliser, with VW also having opportunities to close out the game.

Then came a crazy final 7 minutes or so.

On 83 minutes, we failed to deal with a deep free-kick, and Windsor tapped in from a yard.

With both sides pushing for the win, Windsor hit a long ball down the line, which sailed out of play, and floated back in field on the wind.

The officials were watching players, with their backs to the ball, and as we stopped, they played on and gave a corner.

With VW still protesting, the home side scored from the quickly taken corner, which was headed in at the back post in the 88th minute by the CB that should not even have been on the pitch!

A thrilling game for the neutral and most spectators, but sadly one that got away for the gallant effort of VW, and a victory for Windsor that they hardly deserved.

We wish them well for the remainder of the season.

 

Ceri Jones

First Team Manager

VWFC