VIRGINIA Water have cruised into round two of the Challenge Cup this season after a one-sided 8-1 win against Aston Clinton on Tuesday.

Adam McNamara took the plaudits for his four-goal haul in the first round tie at Stag Meadow with the other strikes coming from Mark Lansdowne, Josh Guichard, Ryan Curtis and Finn Evered.

Waters manager Ceri Jones told the Observer: “I’m delighted to get back to winning ways but the game as a contest was over by half-time.

“To hit the break five goals ahead was quite one-sided but credit to the Aston Clinton lads, they definitely deserved a consolation goal at the end so I’m pleased for them.

“Taking our chances is something we have been working on and something we’ve been missing over the last couple of weeks when we have taken the lead and squandered good positions.

“It’s nice to see us kick on from getting an early goal and it just goes to show, with a little confidence or momentum, what we can do when we get ahead.”

He added: “It’s a good feeling to win again, I cannot deny that, but to be fair to the lads I can’t knock our effort.

“We have always been in games and though we’ve been disappointed to draw them, we need to be realistic at times.

“We’re in a new league and played nine matches plus three cup games and all season have only lost one.

“If somebody had told me we would be in that position at this stage in the season I would have taken it all day long.”

Their reward is a home draw in the second round against fellow Division One East club Aldermaston. The two sides drew 1-1 in the league earlier on in the season.

Jones said: “Aldermaston are a team that we squandered one of those leads to, we conceded in the 86th minute against them, and dare I say threw away two points.

“Hopefully we will get a little bit of revenge and we look forward to it.”

Virginia Water return to league action with a visit to Chinnor this Saturday (3pm) and Jones is targeting another three points.

He commented: “We’re desperate for three points. It’s a really big game for us to get back on track as far as our league form is concerned.

“We need to make sure that we stay in contention with Penn & Tylers Green, who have got a couple of games in hand on us.

“I’m sure it will be another physical battle at the weekend.”

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