Giacobbe impresses but Virginia Water prove too strong for Holyport

Matteo Giacobbe. Photo: Jonathan A Bowker.
Matteo Giacobbe. Photo: Jonathan A Bowker.

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Virginia Water are a bit of an enigma in Football in Berkshire terms. They’ve quietly gone under the radar the last few years and it’s fair to say the club are now a stalwart Step 5 team.

On Tuesday night at Holyport, Adam Bessant’s side showed just why they have made such a strong start to the Combined Counties League Premier Division North season.

Port lead through a well worked Kickie Dzimba goal and Leo De Carvalho Pedro pounced on the rebound from Alfie Pendlebury’s strike to earn a 2-0 lead but were relying heavily on Matteo Giacobbe in goal to keep the visitors at bay.

When the Waters did strike it was the impressive Casey Bocarro who finally broke through from a corner to give the game some tension.

For Holyport the second half will go down as a disappointment with opportunity knocking – Virginia Water had goalkeeper Matt Jones sin-binned, replaced by Josh Blakebrough for 10 minutes – a period of time where Port failed to trouble the stand-in goalkeeper and managed to concede the equaliser.

From this point there was only likely to be one outcome with the visitors grabbing the winner to cap a brilliant turnaround.

In the Southern League Premier Division South Bracknell Town’s away form continues to trouble them in a 1-1 draw at Hendon.

Both goals came after the 90 minutes had elapsed with Hendon scoring on the 90, while Jordan Esprit dispatched a late penalty to earn a point.

Hungerford Town themselves came from a goal down at home to Dorchester Town courtesy of Ramarni Medford-Smith to earn a 1-1 draw while Ascot United were beaten 1-0 at home by Leatherhead in the Isthmian League South Central Division One.

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