VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones admits that the 6-1 defeat away at Tuffley Rovers was a devastating result for his side on Saturday.

A goal from Ryan Dobbins plus a Finn Evered own goal gave Tuffley a clear lead at Glevum Park, but Jake Baker pulled one back for The Waters before the break.

The home side secured all three points after half-time with a Lee Smith brace plus goals from Dom Kent and Joel White.

It is a fifth straight defeat in all competitions for Virginia Water and leaves them fourth from bottom in the Hellenic Premier Division, and Jones believes that is down to injuries and a lack in experience.

He told the Observer: “It was devastating but we had it coming because we’re starting to suffer from a chromic injury situation and the lack of experience in a small squad. None of our lads have played at this level before.

“We were 2-1 down at half-time but I thought we were still in the game at that point.

“We then conceded a controversial third goal and capitulated in poor fashion after that.

“But, we had a good training session on Tuesday and will bounce back and live to fight another day.

“We’ve got a few players coming back from injury in the next couple of weeks and it’s quite clear that they’ve been sorely missed.

“We have zero budget and playing teams that pay players, but we will continue to fight and make do with what we’ve got. It’s quite tough at the moment for the managers and players.”

Virginia Water turn their attention to the Floodlit Cup and an away tie at Reading City next Monday (7.45pm).

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