Virginia Water fixture abandoned with Surrey side leading

Virginia Water manager Adam Sams. Photo: Marcus Rashid.
Virginia Water manager Adam Sams. Photo: Marcus Rashid.

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One of the few games to go ahead on grass over the weekend ended in abandonment for Virginia Water at Ardley United in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North.

The game was suspended approaching full time when goalkeeper Alfie Talbot went down injured with Virginia Water leading 2-0. The game was abandoned shortly after.

A tweet by Ardley said: “Our goalkeeper Alfie has now just been taken to hospital. We thank our Physio, Bowie [Price], and the ambulance staff for their incredible help in today’s unfortunate events. As soon as we get an update on Alfie we will keep you updated.”

The club later reported Talbot had left hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning with no significant injuries.

Michael Capon and Joe McBride scored the goals for Virginia Water in what is believed to be one of Step 5s longest away days, 30 odd miles further north than the division’s other Oxfordshire outpost Wallingford & Crowmarsh.

It is not known yet whether the fixture will be awarded to Virginia Water or a replay ordered by the Football Association. In 2021, Bracknell Town were awarded the points after their fixture at Chertsey Town was abandoned in the 83rd minute.

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