VIRGINIA Water will need to show their togetherness and squad ethos in what boss Ceri Jones believes is a season-defining month for the club.

The Waters have eight matches over the next three weeks starting with a visit to Stag Meadow from Wokingham & Emmbrook in Hellenic Division One East this Saturday.

Jones will then take his team to Sandhurst Town next Tuesday (7.45pm) before the return fixture at Wokingham & Emmbrook on November 4, and he is keen for The Waters to retain their top-three position in the table.

Speaking to the Observer, he explained: “Wokingham have got two games in hand on us, but this will be our first home game in the league for over a month. A win on Saturday would boost our top three position with the sides above still to come here.

“We see it as a season-defining moment for us, three league games in a week and then three cup games after.

“We have to take as many points as we can to consolidate our position in the top three. Less than two wins will give us ground to catch up on with the sides above but there are still a lot of games to come.

“There’s a good feeling within the group at the moment and we’re not in a bad place. If we take three points in the next league game it might lift our momentum with eight matches in the next 21 days.

“We’ve not experienced that before because of midweek fixtures. We had a little backlog last year but didn’t play any midweek fixtures until the lights changed.”

"This will be a completely different concept to adapt to but we thrive when we play at Windsor so we look forward to the challenge.

"We've got a squad of 15 or 16 players and they will all get a fair crack at the whip when they are fit.

"Togetherness and squad ethos is very important and times like this when you have a fixture pile-up to handle."

Jones continued: "We've won all our matches at Stag Meadow so far this season, including three in the league. We've had home draws in all three cups this year but won them convincingly.

"Playing at Stag Meadow seems to suit our game very well with speed and a surface conducive to fast and attacking football."

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