VIRGINIA Water are out of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup after a 3-1 quarter-final defeat against Binfield at Stag Meadow.

A goal from Adam McNamara gave The Waters the lead on 27 minutes, but Ian Davies equalised for the visitors less than two minutes later.

Carlo Santoro put Binfield ahead with a goal on 82 minutes before Davies netted his second of the tie three minutes from the final whistle.

Virginia Water manager Ceri Jones told the Observer: “The lads are disappointed with the result having given such a good account of themselves against one of the top-six sides of the Hellenic Premier. That said we’re not too despondent.

“Binfield took their chances quite well when they came along and we didn’t really create enough.

“Binfield edged it but we were more than a match for them for 90 minutes, and if lady luck went out way we could have had a couple of goals for ourselves as well.

“We wanted to be in the game at half-time. Binfield have played double the amount of matches we have and we’ve really suffered from only playing two or three games over the past nine weeks. It showed because their fitness and quality in the final told in the end.

“Binfield were deserved of the win in the end even if the scoreline flattered them a little, and they would not begrudge us that the game was a little closer than the scoreline suggested.


PHOTO: Virginia Water (maroon) suffered a 3-1 defeat against Binfield in the quarter-finals of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup on Tuesday.

“While we hit the post and another effort went wide, Binfield had a shot that hit the post and went in.

"I guess that's football as they say, however, in the last 10-15 minutes we found it quite tough on the fitness side, and missing three regulars before kick-off didn't help, although that's nothing to take away from Binfield who just about shaded it.

Virginia Water return to action in Hellenic Division One East with a visit to Stag Meadow from Holyport this Saturday (3pm).

Jones said: "This is the big game we're focusing on. It's a must-win game for us.

"We've got a couple of games to catch up on in the league and, whilst it was a terrific run-out for the lads on Tuesday, our focus remains firmly on the league.

"I'm not concerned with the amount of games we've got to play because that's why you do it, you want to be in this position. There's lot of teams in our league that would love to be in our position.

"The adverse weather and our inability to play hardly any football over the last two months, although some sides will say they're in the same position, it almost feels like we're having to start all over again.

"The league remains in our hands and it is our focus and it's there for us to lose."


PHOTO: Virginia Water (maroon) suffered a 3-1 defeat against Binfield in the quarter-finals of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup on Tuesday.

He added: "Stag Meadow has become a bit of a fortress for us and our home form has been very good here, with only the one slip-up, which was our first game back after a six-week lay-off, but we could not have had better preparation for Saturday than a tough game against Binfield.

"Binfield were very good and there fitness and quality in the final third and in the final 10 minutes just took the game away from us."

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