VIRGINIA Water manager Ceri Jones believes his side put in a terrific effort after a 3-3 draw away at Bishops Cleeve on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Waters recovered from falling a goal behind late on to secure a point in the Hellenic Premier Division match at Kayte Lane.

Two goals from Adam McNamara gave the visitors a clear lead heading into the break, but Bishops Cleeve levelled the scores after half-time through Brad Martin and Ash Davies.

The home side took the lead when Jordan Staten found the back of the net, before Scott Jackson equalised for Virginia Water on 84 minutes.

Jones told the Observer: "We're all delighted with a point in reality and it was a top effort given the severity of our injury situation. If we came away with a draw then it would've been a good effort.

"Bishops Cleeve are a powerful outfit and dominated for long periods, as we did as well, with gale force winds influencing the game, so I have to say a draw was a fair result.

"All three results were possible in the last 10 minutes. We should have got all three points, we deserved one, but we could've lost all three as well.

"We've got to be grateful to come away with a point against a side that had won their last eight previous matches."

The draw leaves Virginia Water in 15th position in the league table ahead of a visit to Stag Meadow from Lydney Town this Saturday (3pm), where Jones could welcome back some key players.

He explained: "I believe we're moving forward and we've got to back ourselves for a gradual climb up the table, but all sides will want and say the same thing.

"In another two games we would've played 12 away games and there are a lot of teams that would like to be in that position, to have 70 per-cent of our away games out of the way.

"We're starting to see the benefit of the squad coming back to full fitness with big players returning from injury, suspension or unavailability.

"If we can bring those players back into the squad, along with those that are already fighting for their lives, that can only be good for the club."

Jones continued: "It's nice to get a home game first of all after all the travelling we've done lately and we've got to back our home form a little bit more.

"Lydney have only travelled three times but have got some really good results of late. They're not in the top-half for nothing so it'll be another tough encounter and hopefully we will get something out of it."