VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones has argued his side deserved at least a point after a 1-0 defeat at Ascot United on Tuesday.

Louis Bouwers scored the only goal of the game five minutes into time added on at the Racecourse Ground, before Jones was sent from the dugout for abusive language towards an assistant referee.

The Waters boss believes a draw would have been a fair result in the derby match, and explained his side are still adjusting to the Hellenic Premier Division.

He told the Observer: “It was disappointing to come away without a draw that our performance deserved. All that were there would agree that a draw was a fair result, as did their management.

“It’s a shame to come away empty-handed but that’s football I guess.

“Ascot scored in the 95th minute and it was disappointing to see the behaviour and provocative celebration of their side.

“Many of the Ascot management have apologised and that’s the end of the matter as far as we’re concerned.”

Jones added: “I’ve no long-term concerns, but, when you win back-to-back league titles as we have, the jump up is significant.

“It’s all new to us and we’re still trying to find out feet. It’s a big step up for a small and inexperienced squad.

“We’re competitive and should have more points to our name, but we lack a super strong squad and more experience at this level “We’re just adapting to playing three times a week and trying to squeeze in a training session on a Thursday.

The defeat in midweek in 14th position in the league table ahead of a trip to mid-table Ardley United this Saturday (3pm).

Jones said: “It’s another tough game ahead of us but they’re all like that in this league and there’s no such thing as an easy three points.

“But, I fully expect my players to be u for it, and I can’t fault their effort and endeavour in midweek.”

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