VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones believes his side have begun to find their feet in the Hellenic Premier Division this season, writes Rob Stevens.

The Waters were promoted as champions of Division One East last season, but have had a tough start in the top flight with nine of their first 14 league matches being away from home.

However, Jones insists being the away side does not worry his players, and he believes home advantage will not count for much in this division.

He told the Observer: "We've won the same amount of games away as we have at home (two each).

"Playing away from home holds no fear for us because we don't know the teams and it's nice to get those games out the way early doors when the pitches are at their best.

"It's a new league where all of our opposition have already experienced playing at Stag Meadow a number of times.

"Home advantage would be more powerful in a different league and less so in this because we groundshare with Windsor."

Jones continued: "Six points out of nine in the last three games is definitely pleasing and hopefully we can build on that moving forward.

"We're starting to find our feet a little bit now and I would like to hope we can have a creditable mid-table finish.

"There's still a long way to go but the lions share of our games are at home now so we're in a good position to move forward."

Virginia Water made it back-to-back wins in the league with a 3-1 victory against Fairford Town on Saturday.

Goals in the first-half from Adam McNamara and Jake Baker gave The Waters a clear lead heading into the break at Stag Meadow.

Fairford pulled one back eight minutes after the restart, but the home side secured all three points via Lorenzo di Felice.

Jones commented: "It was a deserved win and one of our most convincing this season to date, so I'm pleased.

"We should have been four or five goals ahead in the first-half when we were dominating.

"Fairford got a penalty in the second-half which put is under a little bit of pressure but the third goal killed the game.

"We should have won by more goals albeit we dominated throughout."

The Waters suffered a first defeat in three league matches after a 2-1 loss away at Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Tuesday.

A goal from Steve Yeardley gave Wootton Bassett the lead at the New Gerard Sports Ground, but McNamara equalised for visitors before the break.

The home side secured all three points after half-time thanks to a goal from TJ Bohane.

Jones said: "No-one deserved to lose the game and we definitely deserved a draw as I felt we shaded it.

"We are left to rue a defensive lapse on the hour mark but that's football and we all have little bits of luck.

"We had four or five great chances at the other end of the pitch so we more than deserved a draw, and I wouldn't begrudge Wootton Bassett a point.

"Having to travel an hour-and-a-half in rush hour traffic is all new to us but it was a case of points dropped."

The defeat leaves Virginia Water in 13th position in the league table ahead of a trip to Bishops Cleeve this Saturday (3pm), where Jones admits it would be a bonus to get anything.

He said: "Bishops Cleeve had had eight straight wins and it'll be tough for us to get something with a couple of lads out.

"We will give it our best shot but I'm under no illusions as to how tough it will be as I seem them as title favourites and expect them to be up there come the end of the season."