RPV last-minute winner secures all three points
RPV 2 - 1 Guildford City
Date: 29th Sept 2020
Goalscorers - Sam Jordan & Ben Jordan
Attendance - 48
RPV Starting Line Up
Nathan Lewis (c)
On Tues 29 Sept Raynes Park Vale welcomed Guildford City to Grand Drive for the fifth league game of the season for both teams. The two sides had a similar, middling start to the season and therefore this was predicted to be a close encounter!
Playing in red to mark their 25th anniversary season, Raynes Park Vale got the game underway. Vale started the brighter of the two teams forcing the Guildford keeper into action from an early free-kick and saw a header from captain Nathan Lewis fly just over the bar. Striker Faiz Yussuf also hassled the Guildford centre-backs into an early mistake but only to see his shot comfortably saved by the Guildford keeper. This hard work and tenacity would typify Faiz performance on the evening.
Guildford then had a spell of their own. The visitors hit the base of the post from a half-cleared corner and the Guildford number 9 got his angles wrong with a header when he found himself unmarked in the Vale penalty area.
On 23 minutes Raynes Park Vale broke the deadlock. A challenging back-pass by the Guildford defence followed by a heavy touch from the goalkeeper provided Yussuf with a one-on-one inside the box. Yussuf cleverly lifted the ball over the approaching keeper and Sam Jordan ran in to head home and confirm the Vale opener.
Vale weren’t in front for long. On 30 mins a well-weighted pass down Guildford's left-hand side set Cyril Ocansey in on goal. The retreating Vale keeper showed too much of his near post to Ocansey who calmly slotted home with his left foot to make the scores level.
Both teams had unsuccessful sniffs at goal before the break with Vale threatening from two similarly positioned free-kicks and Guildford firing over the bar following a nice move. Half-time 1-1.
Vale looked to push on in the second half and saw their hard work produce a few good chances. Vale's Darren Thomas saw his effort from the edge of the box fly just over the bar and skipper Nathan Lewis was denied a headed goal from a free-kick when the Guildford keeper smartly tipped over the bar.
Both teams made changes in the second half with Jack Williamson and Ben Jordan (on for his younger brother) entering the field for the Vale.
Guildford came back into it and just when it was starting to look like both teams would be going home with a point, up stepped big brother Ben to clinch all 3 points for Vale on 90mins. A scramble in the box was nudged home by Ben after what seemed to be an age and the celebrations for the home-side ensued.
With just injury time to play Guildford gave it everything. Shots were blocked and goal-mouth scrambles were averted but the away side couldn’t find the equaliser. The full-time whistle was blown and Vale secured their 3rd win of the season!
The Vale are at home in the league again this Saturday (3rd Oct) against CB Hounslow. Come down, support the team and enjoy the new range of food and drink that will be on offer. #UpTheVale