VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones was delighted with a point following their opening day draw away at Flackwell Heath.

The Waters drew 1-1 with the Heathens on the opening night of their Hellenic Premier Division campaign thanks to an equalising goal from new signing Liam Whyte.

He told the Observer: “I’m chuffed with how it went. I’m delighted with our effort and performance considering it was a first game at step five for most of the squad.

“It would have been an injustice for either team to lose. We were under the cosh for the first quarter in each half but then grew into the game. For the neutral everyone would have been pleased with the point.

“I can’t see many teams going to Flackwell and coming away with all three points. It’s a tough place to go because they’re a strong side but also a very hospitable club.

“For it to be our first game away to a side that consistently finish in the top quarter, we knew it would be tough, but we acquitted ourselves quite well.

“It was a tough encounter against a very physical side with great effort from both teams, but no less than we expected.

“It has set a benchmark that the club can compete at this level.

“A number of our players grew in confidence and into the game. Steve Williams and Liam grew into the game in central midfield and his goal was no more than he deserved.

“We’ve proven we’re a little more resilient and the lads fought back really well.”

Looking ahead to their next game at home against Shrivenham, Jones said he is looking to make sure Victoria Water play their own game and to remain confident.

He said: “It is best that I do not know much about the teams we are playing this year so we can play our own game.

“Shrivenham have had a tough start but I am sure they will want to do their upmost to get up and running.

“We tend to back ourselves more at home, but all teams at this level have experience of playing at Windsor.

“It will be equally tough to get three points anywhere we play at this level.

“We will go into any game with confidence and try to play our own game.”

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