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17 July 2018
Virginia Water 3 Royal Holloway Old Boys 0

Water's returned to action after an all too short break, with a very hard fought win against a highly competitive RHOB side.

Whilst the result was of little importance, both sides played some entertaining football at times, with this match being the first for the home side in a hectic two week period.
What was reassuring after playing so many players, was the impressive debut performances of our summer signings Dominic Clarke, Luke Van Spall, Scott Jackson, Harvey Griffiths and Liam Whyte, all of whom slotted in seamlessly to the squad and set up at VWFC.

For the record, goals were all scored in the second half by Scott, Lorenzo Di Felice and Jake Baker (MoM), with Liam, Josh Guichard and Marc Lansdowne all hitting the woodwork.
Harvey, Adam McNamara, Louis Sanders and Harry Brooks (first team debut at aged 16) all went close.

At the other end, satisfying to see the defence started where they left off last year, with a strong effort and were awarded with a deserved clean sheet – Matt rarely troubled in goal. We wish RHOB well for the season ahead, as VWFC look forward to welcoming Banstead, Balham, Fleet and Spekthorne Sports to the Timbers, and a severe test away to Farnham this Saturday.


14 July 2018

Letcombe 5 Berinsfield 4

Letcombe staged a remarkable second half comeback to beat North Berks Cup holders Berinsfield in their first friendly of the season.   A new look Letcombe side took time to settle in blistering heat, and they conceded a poor goal after hesitancy in the home defence.   Brad Paglioroli twice shot narrowly wide and Kye Franklin also went close after good work on the left from Christy Whelehan and debutant Jamie Saulter, but another defensive error allowed the visitors to increase their lead.   Iggy Ilott had a great chance to reduce the arrears, but he shot over the bar from six yards with the goal at his mercy.   Berinsfield strikers Palmer and Murphy were causing problems to the home defence, and a flowing move saw the visitors add a third goal after 35 minutes.
Harsh word from manager Garry Cook during the interval produced an immediate response.   Brad Paglioroli scored two early second half goals, and with the Berisfield defence in confusion, the impressive Jamie Soulter made the score 3-3.   Back came the visitors to regain the lead, but Letcombe would not lie down.   Kye Franklin was now playing a little deeper and pulling the strings from midfield, but he still managed to break forward to score the equaliser.   Letcombe snatched the winner when captain Andy Goodchild headed home at the far post from a Paglioroli corner to give them a deserved victory after a shaky start.
This was a good work-out for Letcombe, who entertain New College Swindon in a friendly next Saturday, 21st July.

Shrivenham 2 Malmesbury Victoria 1

Shrivvy began preseason with a rusty performance, as they got back to action against a difficult Malmesbury Victoria side at Barrington Park.

Josh Morse and returnee Dan Drewett grabbed the Shrivvy goals to help seal a first exhibition game victory for the club on their return to the pitch ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

A boiling hot sunny day made conditions difficult for both sides as they took to the field at Barrington Park on Saturday afternoon [July 14, 2018], in what was ultimately a rusty performance from the home side.

While it was Shrivvy’s opening game of the preseason, the Vics had already taken to the field four days earlier, losing 4-3 at Bishops Cleeve which showed that they had plenty of fight and while both sides missed chances in a fairly even first half, it was ultimately some heavy legs and tiredness in the heat from the visitors, that led to their narrow defeat.

Shrivvy looked marginally the better side in the second period and on 50-minutes, Lewis Petrie managed to square the ball to find Josh Morse, who was able to tap home and open the score.

Just two-minutes later however, the visitors levelled the score after the Shrivvy defence – slow to react, conceded as easy header at the back stick after they found themselves lethargic in the brilliant sun.

The game continued to flow in much the same manner but it was the home side who found themselves ahead with twenty-minutes remaining, when the ball finally broke to the tireless Dan Drewett who managed to blast home from close range through a tenacious visiting defence.

While the result didn’t matter, it was perhaps a little unfair on the vising side, who remained rugged throughout and refused to make the game a walk in the park.


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