3 points for RPV in league opener!
RPV 2 - 1 Camberley Town
Goalscorers - Karl Parker & Jack Williamson
Attendance - 59
RPV Starting Line Up
Nathan Lewis (c)
RPV were keen to make amends for their F.A Cup exit on Tuesday in their opening league game at home against Camberley Town. There was one change in the starting line up with Malachi Thomas making way for Berti Marti-Pique.
RPV won the toss and chose to attack down the hill first half, looking to make home advantage pay off. The first half was a tight affair with both teams keen for a good start to the season. Camberley Town looked lively on both flanks as they looked to use width in their attacks. Their closest attempt coming from a free-kick just outside of the area. RPV chances were limited to set pieces with the team looking a threat going forward.
Raynes Park Vale came out strong in the second half and scored within 5 mins of the restart. A ball forward down the right-hand side led to Jack Williamson crossing and Karl Parker heading into the opposite corner to make it 1-0. As the second half progressed, RPV had multiple chances to increase their lead with both James Curran and Tom Harland-Goddard going close from set pieces. .
However, just past the hour mark a long ball forward from Boe Fowler found Jack Williamson running through who lobbed into over the keeper to make it 2-0.
However, with 15 mins remaining RPV conceded a penalty. Camberley Town's no 7 beat our right-back Boe Fowler before tumbling over under our no.4 James Curran's challenge. Camberley Town converted the penalty and presented RPV with a nervous final 15 mins.
RPV then looked to manage the game bringing on fresh pairs of legs in Sam Jordan and Kaz Umeh. A long run from Archie Harland-Goddard followed by a goal mouth scramble still could not provide a further goal and the security that RPV were looking for to secure the 3 points.
In the final few minutes RPV managed the game well keeping the ball in the opposition half before the final whistle blew on the first 3 points of the season. RPV were very happy to welcome a variety of ground hoppers and AFC Wimbledon fans down for our first league game who we hope to see at future home games.