VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones admits he did not expect such a good night after a 2-0 win against Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Tuesday.

The Waters secured a first home league win this season thanks to second-half goals from Josh Hill and Adam McNamara at Stag Meadow.

Jones explained that everyone at the club is delighted to come away with a clean sheet and a victory against a Wootton Bassett side that had won their two previous matches.

He told the Observer: “I’m delighted to get the win and our first win at home.

“If I was to be truthful, we were hoping that we could get something out of the game, but to come away with three points and a clean sheet, the lads and management team are delighted.

“I don’t think we could’ve expected such a good night and such a good game, so we’re thrilled.”

Jones continued: “Matthew Jones (keeper) is having quite a good season now.

“He made a couple of really good point-blanks saves from Terence Bohane, which probably kept us in the game early on.

“We could easily have gone two or three goals behind in the first 15 minutes but, to be fair to the lads, I thought we had our fair share of chances and grew into the game.We got stronger as the first-half went on.

“Credit to the squad because it was a massive squad performance when you consider we had six starters that weren’t around. Credit to them all and there’s a great sense of achievement.

“We won’t get carried away because we know there are some real tough games to come, but it’s a nice feeling to get a really good win against a top side.

“It’s been coming and we took our chances really well. I think we were the better side in the second-half and deserved the win.”

He added: “I don’ think any side is going to win any match without their fair share of luck.

“We have probably been on the wrong end of a few unlucky calls in the first few games that we’ve drawn when independent observers felt we should have won.

“Lady luck was on our side for the first goal, but that said we were on top at the time and creating most of the chances.

“What was really pleasing was we kicked on from there. We didn’t sit back and if anything, we got stronger and could’ve added a second goal soon after the first.

“We then put the game to bed 10 minutes after and credit to Adam McNamara. Jake Baker got down to the byline and pulled the ball back, and Adam finished with his left foot really well.”

The win means Virginia Water have moved up to 12th position in the Hellenic Premier Division.

The Waters turn their attention to the FA Vase and a visit to Stag Meadow from Malmesbury Victoria in the preliminary round this Saturday (3pm).

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