VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones admits the 1-1 draw with Binfield was a fair result in the Hellenic Premier Division at Stag Meadow on Tuesday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Waters dominated the first half and led thanks to Adam McNamara, but the visitors equalised after the break when Josh Howell netted from the penalty spot.

Jones told the Observer: “It was a fair result on the night but our lads are a little bit disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points.

“That would’ve been a little bit harsh on Binfield, who had the better of the second half, while we were well on top in the first.

“We hit the crossbar and were denied by a last-ditch block on the goalline in the first half. If we had taken a couple of chances we could’ve been a little bit further ahead but, to be fair, Binfield came back strong in the second half.

“Matthew (Jones, keeper) made a couple of good one-on-one saves in the second half but, to be fair, we had a couple of good chances at the other end.

“Binfield made a last-ditch tackle when Adam was played in late on, but on the balance of play a draw was probably a fair result.”

Jones continued: “The penalty was one of those where one week you see them given and the next turned down. It was a little bit harsh but we've got no complaints.

"When a defender is sliding in to block a cross and the ball hits his trailing hand, it is a tough one to take but, over the course of the season they balance out.

"We had a little bit of a sticky patch pretty soon after Christmas but overall we have surprised a few people and more than justified our place in the league.

"With a little bit more luck and composure in front of goal we could've finished a little bit higher, but I've no complaints and the boys have done really well.

"If someone had told us at the start of the season we would be in this position, we would've taken it, so we've got a lot to build on."