VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones believes that his side have missed the chance to open up a clear lead in Division One East after a 1-1 draw at Aldermaston on Saturday.

Lorenzo Di Felice gave The Waters a lead in the second half only for Aldermaston to level the scores with a goal from Liam Tackley four minutes from time.

Jones told the Observer: “On balance we consider it two points dropped. However, Aldermaston could have been two or three goals up in the first 20 minutes. We then dominated possession and territory for long periods of time.

“We went ahead with a great goal and should have killed the game off with three or four really good chances, which we failed to convert, and to be fair to Aldermaston, they kept on going.

“Although they got something of a fortuitous goal, given the chances they missed early on, they may feel they deserve something out of the game.”

The draw leaves Virginia Water top of the table on goal difference from Bicester Town ahead of a trip to defending champions Penn & Tylers Green this Saturday (3pm).

Jones said: “If someone had told me after seven games we would be top of the league, I would have taken it all day long.

“We do strive to win every game we play so, although we’re top of the league, we do consider that with a bit of luck and a little bit less naivety we could have been three or four points clear by now.

“However, it’s a long season and all sides are battling. It’s early days to pre-judge but we’re delighted with our start.

"In the league we’ve got to back ourselves here at Windsor [Stag Meadow] to get a top four place.”

Looking ahead to the clash with Penn & Tylers Green, Jones said: "You're always looking forward off the back of a good win, so hopefully we can go there with a lot of confidence.

"Again it's a step into the unknown. We know they've got a great surface so I expect it to be fully competitive and a really good game."

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