YUFC 2-0 Virginia Water Development
GK Lincoln, Gibbons (Allen), Gosling, Marime (Mitchell), Read, Sharpe, Stocchetti, Thornton, H. Wilcox, M. White ⚽⚽ 28′, 39′ (King), C. Wilcox (c)
Not used: Clarke
Yateley welcomed Virginia Water on this murky and cold day. It was good to see that a change in the starting formation lead to a more attacking start from Yateley; much more on the offensive than previous games. The game did flow from end to end with no real opportunities on goal. White chased a long cross ball and beat the goalkeeper to the ball but was pushed wide and was unable to get a result out of the good effort.
Half way through the half a sublime reverse pass from Gosling cut between the defence and found White in space who had an assured finish to put Yateley 1-0 up. Chances started to come and Marime finished off some nice team play with a shot that went just wide. Stocchetti had an opportunity from a corner when in space but put his header over the bar.
With 5 minutes left of the first half, Thornton played a superb long pass which split the defence allowing White to collect and with an almost carbon copy finish from the first put Yateley 2-0 up. Thornton nearly scored himself with a long shot that went just over before the break.
Within 5 minutes of the re-start, a great ball between the defence allowed White to put the ball across goal and with the goalkeeper beaten, Gosling could not quite get a good enough connection to finish. On 15 minutes, White did well to win a header on for Marime to collect and put across to Gosling who took a lovely touch to beat the defender but dragged his shot just wide. Opportunities continued with Thornton shooting wide and White firing across goal – also wide. With Virginia Water down to 10 men after a sin bin, Allen had a good chance but snatched at it and put it wide.
With 10 minutes to go, Harry Wilcox ran through the middle to edge of the area before forcing the Virginia Water goalkeeper into a good save. The Virginia Water Development team came back into the game and put some pressure on the Yateley defence in the last 10 minutes but stout defending helped to keep the clean sheet.
The first was half was end-to-end with Yateley creating more clear cut chances and more importantly finishing them. In the second half, Yateley were more dominant but failed to add to their lead and although Virginia Water ended with a flourish, Yateley deserved their win and perhaps should have been by more. The defence held on well and it was great to see a clean sheet. White ran the lines well up top with good support from the midfield, particularly Gosling looking to distribute attacking passes, while the defence were solid with Sharpe excellent and Lincoln having a faultless
performance in goal. It was great to get a win and a clean sheet and we roll on next week.
Yateley United First Team’s next fixture is at away in the league against Wallingford Town AFC Reserves on Saturday 1st December, 14:00 kick off.