CERI Jones believes that the season so far could not have gone any better for Virginia Water who are now chasing promotion into the Hellenic Premier Division.

The Waters won the Surrey Elite Intermediate League last season and have continued to make giant strides in Hellenic Division One East.

A perfect winning home record and just one defeat in 10 on the road has helped the club to second position in the league table, five points behind leaders Bicester Town but with three matches in hand.

Jones now wants his side to target a top-two finish to guarantee promotion and he sees no reason why they cannot be competitive in the Premier Division.

The Virginia Water boss told the Observer: “Given the fact that it’s all a learning curve and a step up for us, I believe it could not have gone better so far.

“Our overall aim is to get back-to-back promotions into the Premier Division and we’re in a good position to do that.

“Given our start to the season and the fact that most of our remaining games are at home, we would like to think we can push for a top-two finish and promotion.

“We’ve had to revise our aim slightly because we’re not certain a top-four finish would make us eligible for promotion but I’ve always believed we can play at a higher level.

“We only want to push the squad on to play at the highest level the can and there’s no reason why we can’t be competitive at the next level, although anyone wishing to join us is welcome.”

Virginia Water return from a three week break to travel to Division Two West club Bishops Cleeve Development in round three of the Challenge Cup this Saturday (3pm).

Jones would have preferred to play during the holiday period and, though he expects The Waters to progress from the tie, he has warned his side they cannot take anything for granted.

He said: “Momentum is a big thing for me and we had been on a good run so I would have preferred to continue, although everyone benefits from a break.

“In the higher level you would not have a break and I would have preferred to get used to playing games in quick succession.

“I hope the run continues and back the squad but it’s a long journey for us and our first game in three weeks which is a bit of a shame.

“Bishops Cleeve will be on a high having beaten Ascot United in the previous round so it will be a battle and, thought it would be disappointing not to get the win, we will take nothing for granted.”

Virginia Water are then at home to Premier Division club Oxford City Nomads in the Floodlit Cup next Tuesday (7.45pm).

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