10th August 2021
Josh Gallagher’s career at RPV is off to a flyer. It’s been three league matches and three wins. The best part about these results is not the mind-blowing twelve goals Vale have scored across the fixtures, but rather the three clean sheets they've recorded on the bounce, making RPV one of only two clubs to not have conceded in the league (the other being Beckenham Town who have played one less fixture).
Running rampant at their fullbacks
Following Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to a strong opposition in the form of higher league VCD Athletic, it was time for the Vale to bounce back. And so they did. Playing away to a side that had lost their two prior league matches and, as recently as November 2020, had recorded a win over RPV, Banstead were out to take all three points. Alas, the yellow army were no match for the Vale as they quickly found themselves on the back foot in the first half with Josh Ano & Jordan Gallagher running rampant at their fullbacks. Cal Davies, as ever, proved to be great for hold up play, forcing defenders central to contain his strong movement & the midfielder’s supporting runs. These attacks soon paid dividends with a corner being won, only for RPV stalwart Danny Alderton to head the ball against an opposition player which deflected into the net. 1-0. The rest of the half created several opportunities, including one from Jordan Gallagher (having scored 4 in his last 2 appearances), bringing down a long ball forward, beating the defender, only to slot the ball inches wide. Halftime 1-0.
Josh Ano mesmerised the opposition left back
The second half started much like the first with the Vale having the majority of the chances. Josh Ano mesmerised the opposition left back before squaring the ball to the edge of the box to Louis Downey who cleverly played in Cal Davies one on one. Unselfishly, Cal Davies chipped the ball across to Jordan Gallagher who registered his fifth goal in three league games. 2-0.
The fresh legs paid off
Substitutions we’re made at this point, with Josh Gallagher bringing on Casmir Umeh, Louis Cockle, Callum Hope & Jamie Beveridge. The fresh legs paid off. Casmir proving to be too tough to handle as he forced a well-earned shot inches wide from goal. Soon RPV found more space out wide in the form of Jordan Gallagher, who cut in and slid through right-back Eoin Fraser who notched his first goal of the season to make it 3-0.
It's very early days
Overall it was a tidy affair from Vale, with a particular highlight coming from a post match analysis from The Non-League Show’s presenter Mick Sullivan attracting a comment that Raynes Park Vale could compete for the top this season. It's very early days but, based on this performance, that might not be completely wild speculation.
Match report - James Smith
Getting off to a scoring start in 21/22 - Eoin Fraser.