Virginia Water 0 Shrivenham 2
Virginia Water lost to high flying Shrivenham in an excellent match at Stag Meadow. It was certainly a game of two halves, with the home side the better in the first, but failing to take advantage of their dominance and chances, whilst the visitors were the better in the second, and probably deserved the win on the night – just!
Waters got into some terrific positions in the first half, with Adam McNamara and Josh Hennah both very prominent in wide areas, but despite many crosses and set pieces there were not many shots on target. Finn Evered, Joel Drew, Steve Williams, Casey Bocarro and Josh all having efforts on goal.
At the other end we defended very comfortably for the best part of the half, but on 36 minutes, were caught in possession deep in our own half, and their striker hit a first time shot, that was shinned a little, into the bottom corner, giving Matt no chance.
1-0 down at the break was not what was deserved, but that’s how it goes. The second half started a little slow and cagey for both sides, but VW had to push forward, whilst at the same time, the visitors pressed very high to prevent VW’s fluent passing.
Matt made two excellent saves early in the half, whilst at the other end there were a few scrambles and shots, but nothing worthy of note, as both sides cancelled each other out to a large degree. The contest was lost on 81 minutes, when we gave the ball away deep in our half, only to see their striker brought down, and the resulting spot kick fired in.
VW tried as hard as possible, pushing our CB forward, but it was not to be, and Shrivenham deservedly held on for the spoils.