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F.A Cup RPV vs Broadbridge Heath

First half display costs RPV

Broadbridge Heath 3 - 1 RPV

Goalscorer - Tom Harland-Goddard

RPV Starting Line Up

  1. Dan McKerracher

  2. Boe Fowler

  3. Ken Aliu

  4. James Curran

  5. Nathan Lewis (c)

  6. Archie Harland-Goddard

  7. Malachi Thomas

  8. Tom Harland-Goddard

  9. Karl Parker

  10. Jack Williamson

  11. Callum Hope

It had been nearly 6 months since the Vale had played their last competitive fixture against CB Hounslow with a narrow 1-0 defeat in the league. Raynes Park Vale were duly reminded of the demands of non-league football, with many of our players and management having to travel over an hour and a half to arrive at the High Wood Hill Sports Centre. Having had a mixed run in their pre-season friendly results, which included a win against CB Hounslow but also a severe loss to East Grinstead Town, the Vale were determined to kick the season off with an invaluable win in one of the world’s most historic competitions. Travelling to fellow step-5 side, Broadbridge Heath, the stage was set for a trying affair.

First Half

The first half left a lot to be desired from the travelling supporters. Broadbridge Heath proved to be a very well structured side with plenty of quality & intent going forward. Raynes Park Vale had done well to keep the home side at bay up until the 20min mark, where they were duly unlocked with a stunning 22-yard strike from the opposition right winger which nestled in the top lefthand corner. What followed was a tumultuous 10min from Raynes Park; conceding another goal following a low left wing cross which resulted in a scrappy 6-yard box scramble, and finally, Broadbridge securing their final goal of the evening just before the 35min mark from a stronger header off an accurate corner. Needless to say, going into half-time, there was a significant amount of work required from the Vale boss, Gavin Bolger, and his team.

Second Half

Raynes Park Vale came out strong in the second half, determined to make amends for the previous 45mins. Following a dubiously disallowed goal, Raynes Park Vale eventually snatches one back following a goal mouth scramble, Tom Harland-Goddard eventually bundling the ball over the line. It was then the Vale’s newly signed striker, Karl Parker, which produced the next opportunity, smashing the crossbar which was inches away from putting the Vale right back in it. 

The spirited fight didn’t stop, and with James Curran, Mal Thomas & Boe Fowler making way for Faiz Yuussuf, Sam Jordan & Conor Turner, where was no shortage of attacking options for Gavin Bolger’s team. Unfortunately, following another mighty onslaught, Raynes Park Vale found themselves with little over 5mins to play still trailing 3-1. It was just enough time for Tom Harland-Goddard to produce a well struck shot from inside the box which sailed narrowly wide, but ultimately proved to be insufficient to make up for the poor first half from the Vale. 

It was a defeat that left a bitter taste of what could have been, but one that should also highlight the spirited perseverance and never-say-die attitude we regularly seen at Grand Drive.”

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