VIRGINIA Water made it back-to-back wins in Hellenic Division One East after a 4-1 victory against Holyport at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

Goals from Josh Guichard and Lorenzo Di Felice gave The Waters a clear lead before the half-time interval, and Ryan Curtis extended the advantage further after the break.

Paul Rake then pulled a goal back for Port, but Louis Sanders secured all three points for the home side with a penalty kick after 78 minutes.

Virginia Water manager Ceri Jones told the Observer: “The result was important and it was a good way to bounce back after losing to Binfield.

The three points were a must for us to stay in contention at the top and thankfully we got them.

“Holyport put us under pressure and made us work hard in tough conditions but we took our chances well.

“We played into the elements in the second half but our fitness told and the benefit of playing Binfield certainly helped.

“We certainly finished the stronger and deserved to get the points.

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PHOTO: Virginia Water (maroon) beat Holyport (blue) 4-1 in Hellenic Division One East at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

To be fair, Holyport were very sporting. They have experienced the Premier Division before, and stayed behind for a good chat and refreshments after the match.

“We were the stronger side and missed guilt-edge chances. It could have been five or six and, though that would have been harsh on Holyport, we should have won by a little more.”

Holyport coach Matt Rolfe admitted: “Virginia Water are a very good and strong side and we were not quite at it. They put us under pressure and unfortunately we had to put a centre-back in goal.

“Virginia Water nicked a goal and scored again just before half-time. That took the wind out of our sails and we could not get back into the game.”

The win leaves Virginia Water in third position in the table, five points behind Bicester Town but with three matches in hand on the league leaders.

The Waters travel to bottom-of-the-table Milton United this Saturday (3pm), before promotion-rivals Penn & Tylers Green visit Stag Meadow next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Jones said: “We will not underestimate Milton because their league position doesn’t belie their form.

“Milton have already given us two tough games this season and we’ve got to make sure we’re up for it.

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PHOTO: Virginia Water (maroon) beat Holyport (blue) 4-1 in Hellenic Division One East at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

“It’s our last away game of the season and all that counts is the three points with regards to our aspirations of winning the title and promotion.

“For Milton, it’s their last home game of the season and they will want to finish on a high as well, so we will expect a tough battle.

“We pride ourselves on our home form and have five matches to go at Stag Meadow. It has become a little bit of a fortress this year and we hope to build on that.”

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