VIRGINIA Water returned to winning form in the Hellenic Division One East after a 2-1 victory away at Wallingford Town on Saturday.

A goal from Tom Baptie gave Wallingford the lead after the break, but Waters responded with goals from Adam McNamara and Josh Guichard.

The win leaves Virginia Water in third position in the league table and two points behind leaders Penn & Tylers Green but with a game in hand.

Waters manager Ceri Jones told the Observer: “It was a real big morale-boosting win and a great way to bounce back having lost our first home league match of the season.

“We went without five players from the previous squad so it was a real test of our character to bounce back and win on a difficult surface.

“The hospitality was first class from Wallingford and the match was played in a proper spirit. No-one left anything on the pitch in a hard battle.

“The big stand-out thing for us was our character and we deserved to win in the end.”

The Waters welcome Didcot Town Reserves to Stag Meadow this Saturday (3pm).

Jones said: “It’s so tight at the top that every match feels like a must-win game.

“We will be strengthened by a few players coming back into the squad, but we’re in the hands of the gods with the weather so the match will be in doubt.

“We need the momentum for a final push but will not underestimate Didcot. They have a very strong first team that play in a higher league and key players in their reserves, so it’s a match that we’re going to have to respect.”

Virginia Water Reserves are in fifth position in Division Two East after a 4-1 win away at Abingdon Town, and head to Chinnor Reserves on Saturday.

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