VIRGINIA Water have reached the quarter-finals of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup this season after a 4-3 win against Oxford City Nomads at Stag Meadow on Tuesday.

The Waters, who were named the Division One Team of the Month for December, had not played in over three weeks while Oxford had won three matches on the spin without conceding a goal.

However, the lower league side raced into a 3-1 lead at the half-time interval thanks to goals from Adam McNamara, Lorenzo Di Felice and Finn Evered.

Josh Guichard made it 4-1 from the penalty spot after a foul on McNamara before the Premier Division visitors scored two late consolation goals.

Virginia Water manager Ceri Jones told the Observer: “I’m delighted with the win because of the combination that we’ve not played in three weeks - Oxford have played four times in that period - and the match was at Windsor.

“That made for a fast and entertaining end-to-end game because Oxford like to keep the ball on the floor as well.

“They started the better and that was clear evidence that we’ve not played in so long. The first goal was important and we got it, and kicked on from there.

“Oxford never gave up to be fair and got themselves a couple of late consolation goals, but we can all agree that the best side won and deservedly so on the night.

“Oxford were bang in form so it was a good night all-round for us and a good eye-opener as to what life might be like playing in the Premier Division.

“In the first 15-20 minutes Oxford were better with their movement and pace and you could tell they had benefitted from not having a break.

"Once we got used to the pace and competitiveness we quickly adapted well and overall the best side won on the night."

Commenting on winning the Team of the Month award for December, Jones said: "It was a pleasant surprise.

"It's the first time we've got an award like this and, though we're not driven by things like that, it is nice for the players to be acknowledged for their efforts."

Waters are currently second in the Division One East league table and travel to bottom side Milton United this Saturday (3pm).

Jones said: "Our focus lies on the league and this is certainly an opportunity for three points, but take nothing away from Milton because they had a really good win against Chinnor last weekend.

There will not be a hint of complacency from our part and we will be prepared for another tough match."

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