CERI JONES is delighted that Virginia Water were able to make progress in the Floodlit Cup following a 3-1 win against Milton United on Tuesday.

Waters striker Josh Guichard broke the deadlock in the first round tie at Stag Meadow before Matty Hardwick levelled the scores for Milton.

Finn Evered put the home side back in front and Guichard made sure of the victory with his second goal before the half-time interval.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men in time added on when Max Samyint was shown a straight red card for kicking out at an opponent.

However, it was too late for Milton to find a route back into the match and Waters can look forward to a second round tie away at Holyport.

Virginia Water manager Jones told the Observer: “I’m delighted to get back to winning ways after a couple of blips in the last two weekends.

“The lads played really well. Milton never gave up and pushed us all the way but for 70 minutes we were terrific.

“We scored a number of good goals and there could have been a few more in the second half, but I’m delighted to get through to the next round.

“I wasn’t worried about complacency at the break. It’s more important that you try to win every half so, although we were 3-1 up, we wanted to take it as 0-0 and go out to win the second half as well.

“Apart from missing a couple of glorious opportunities, we did well enough and were rarely threatened.

“It certainly was a good response after the disappointment of dropping two points at the weekend, and to get back to winning ways is always a good feeling.”

Jones continued: "Josh is certainly capable of that [first goal] but it's his first game back after a three week ban . So it just goes to show what we've missed over the last few weeks.

"And we welcomed Adam back who has been on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I'm delighted to get the two strikers back and they made a difference.

"I'm disappointed for Max. I would not want to take the edge off the game but the referee was absolutely correct. Max was foolish and fully deserved of his red card."

On a potential cup run this season he added: "It's always nice to get a good cup run and, if we can, progress with home games at Windsor because we're very fortunate to be playing here and it certainly helps our game.

"We've got to back ourselves and hopefully a couple of good cup runs will blood our young lads and hold us in good stead for the future."

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