League RPV vs Redhill
First away league win makes it 2 from 2
Redhill 0 - 2 RPV
Goalscorers - James Curran, Archie Harland-Goddard
RPV Starting Line Up
Nathan Lewis (c)
After the opening day victory at Camberley Town, Raynes Park Vale went to Redhill looking to make it two wins from two. One change in the line up saw Kaz Umeh come in for an injured Karl Parker but RPV lined up otherwise unchanged.
Redhill started brightly as expected with this being their first game of the season. However, the first half was mainly a tense affair with both teams limited to half chances throughout. Halfway through the first half Dan McKerracher made a fine save one on one to deny Redhill's number 9. The RPV defence looked solid throughout and caught the number 9 offside as he lobbed the keeper in what turned out to be Redhill's main bright spell throughout the game.
RPV took it up a gear in the second half and began to show the attacking promise that they showed in the opening league game. The introduction of Darren Thomas and Sam Jordan added pace to the wings and began to open up the Redhill defence. In the 68th minute, the vale won a free-kick just outside of the area. Jack Williamson stood over the free-kick and delivered a ball in between the goalkeeper and penalty spot which was headed into the top corner by James Curran to make it 1-0.
Redhill began to tire and the Vale's fitness began to show with numerous opportunities on the counter-attack with Redhill unable to handle the pace of RPV's front three. Then in the 85th minute, a pass from Boe Fowler found Faiz Yussuf who timed his pass round the corner to Darren Thomas. Darren Thomas broke away from the Redhill left-back and squared the ball to Archie Harland-Goddard who composed himself and finished into the top right-hand corner.
With five mins of normal time remaining RPV managed the game effectively to see out the remaining minutes. Two wins from two see RPV move up to 4th in the table in the early season table. Attention now switches to the home game against Sutton Common Rovers on Tuesday.