RPV bounceback from four losses to progress in the F.A.Vase
RPV 1 - 0 Sheerwater
Date: 4th November 2020
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Raynes Park Vale hosted fellow combined counties side Sheerwater in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase on Wednesday 4th November. Raynes Park were looking to equal their best-ever run in the competition with a win.
Support turned out in good force with 117 in attendance on the last night before the November lockdown. After the rain in recent weeks, the pitch was heavy, to say the least, and certainly played a part in the game.
Sheerwater started the brighter of the two teams and shared the better of the early encounters. Finding spaces in front of the Vale defence, Sheerwater created shooting opportunities from outside the box but struggled to really test McKerracher in the sticks. Raynes Park’s chances were few and far between in the first 25 minutes, but the new strike partnership of Darren Thomas and Tom Harland-Goddard looked effective when in possession.
The Sheers couldn’t capitalise on their early dominance and paid the price. In the 32nd minute Vale worked the ball out to the right. Boe Fowler found himself in space and delivered a great cross to the back post where Tom Harland-Goddard calmly headed back across the keeper and Vale into the lead.
Raynes Park kept it tight until halftime and went into the break 1-0 up.
The visitors looked to be more direct in the second half and the game evened out. Vale showed composure at times to move the ball forward on a heavy surface and the Sheers failed to give up in their search for an equaliser.
The best chance of the game for the visitors appeared in the 82nd minute when a ball over the top from the Sheerwater midfield put the visitor’s striker in on goal. It looked certain that the Sheers would make it level when Vale captain Nathan Lewis slid across to deny the visitor’s number 10.
The home side showed great resilience to hold out and secure their place in the next round. Vale will play away at Hadley FC in the 2nd round, date TBC.
A valiant display from Raynes Park under the midweek lights but the real star of the show was the newly completed fence. A great sight for all involved at Grand Drive!
In line with government guidelines, football will pause for Raynes Park until after the November lockdown. Stay safe and see you in December!