CERI JONES was delighted with the performance Virginia Water produced in the 1-1 draw with Windsor on Tuesday evening.

The Waters won the Surrey Elite Intermediate League last season and promotion into Hellenic Division One East, and were more than a match for their Stag Meadow landlords in midweek.

Captain Kieran Knight gave Windsor, who will also be new to the Hellenic League this season at Premier Division level, a first-half lead before Virginia Water substitute Sam Devoil equalised on the hour.

The ‘away’ team then had chances to win the friendly with Devoil missing the target with a free header from six-yards and a late shot coming back of the post.

Waters manager Jones told the Observer: “I’m delighted and it was a proper workout. When you’re playing a team of Windsor’s calibre on such a brilliant surface it bodes well for terrific football and credit to both sides, they held nothing back.

“On balance, when Windsor had the edge in the first half, we certainly had the edge in the second half, so overall the draw was a fair result.

“There are many positives to take. We had four key players missing and drafted in a couple from the reserves that didn’t look out of place.

“We kept on going really well and responded well to going behind, and definitely our fitness held up quite well in the second half, so it’s another really good workout for a big and positive start to the season.

“Obviously there are severe tests to come with the league matches ahead.

“We missed a couple of headers and hit the woodwork, and to be fair our keeper wasn’t troubled that much, only from long shots late on.

“We could have nicked it but to be fair to Windsor they started really well in the first half and dominated, but we more than deserved something out of the game if not the win.”

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