VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones is not worried or panicking despite his side still searching for a first win in the Hellenic Premier Division this season.

The Waters drew 1-1 at Shrivenham on Saturday before suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Brackley Town Saints on Tuesday.

Jones admitted Virginia Water are desperate for a first victory, but he is confident the tide will turn once his side can start to take their chances.

He told the Observer: “I’m not panicking or worried, but we could do with some confidence and composure in front of goal.

“I’m sure a first win will come soon because we’re playing well and creating chances. I would be more worried if we were not creating.

“We have three or four players to come back in and strengthen the squad so I’m not panicking, but we’re all desperate for that first win.”

Alex Scott and Ryan Knight scored either side of the break at Stag Meadow in midweek, and Jones admits Brackley are the best side Virginia Water have played so far this season.

He said: “Both sides were trying to keep the ball on the floor and play football, and Brackley are an excellent footballing side.

“I expect them to finish in the top-five this season because they’re a top side and benefit from their first team being in the National League. They have a well-established structure and the best side won on the night.

“We were well in the game at one down and missed an open goal, so missed chances have cost us dearly in both matches.”

The Waters gained their second league point when summer signing Liam Whyte headed in an equaliser away at Shrivenham last weekend.

Jones said: “It has been a tough old start and a frustrating one bt we knew it would be.

“The game at Shrivenham was seen as two points lost because we failed to take our chances in the second-half.

“I hoped we didn’t live to rue too many missed chances after Shrivenham hit the post and the bar, but only because we were chasing the game.

“They were looking for their first point after two heavy defeats and stuck to a gameplan that frustrated us.

“I can’t fault the effort or performance, but it was down to missed chances. If you don’t take your chances you will get punished at this level.

“We failed to capitalise on the amount of chances we created, but it’s better to draw than suffer a defeat."

Virginia Water continue their search for a first league win with a trip to Abingdon United this Saturday (3pm).

"We will take confidence into the Abingdon game but at the same time I'm not expecting anything less than a 100 per-cent committed match.

"I don't expect us to be treated lightly and hopefully we can take our chances because we could do with a win."

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