The season begins with a convincing win for Raynes Park Vale
RPV 7 - 0 Camberley Town
Date: 14th August 2021
The fans of Raynes Park Vale very rarely have much to shout about early on in the season. Having only won a single first fixture of the season across each of he last 5 seasons (season 2018/19 - RPV 3 Guildford City 2), the Vale faithful have traditionally had very little to look forward to, especially being a team renowned to grind out 3 points only on Tuesdays when it’s wet & muddy (our odds of winning made even better if temperatures are near zero). That being said, this season is different. With a major overhaul in squad & first team management, Raynes Park Vale have something to prove & expectations are high. Having won our first FA Cup fixture against a strong Fisher side (RPV 1 - Fisher 0) & comprehensively dispatching Camberley Town 7-0 in our league opener, the Vale have delivered.
A penalty in the early minutes
There were many positives to take from the Camberley fixture, the progressive style of play, the depth in the squad and the distribution of goals & assists among the squad. Josh Gallagher’s side started brightly with Jordan Gallagher (cousin of the manager) winning a penalty in the early minutes. Just as he had done during 3 pre-season fixtures, Calum Davies dispatched the penalty with ease. It didn’t take long for Raynes Park Vale to double their lead as Louis Downey found himself one-on-one with their keeper before unselfishly passing to Calum Davies who slotted his second of the day. The next goal was Josh Ano’s time to shine, who was played in by Archie Harland-Goddard who magically brought down a cross-field pass, beat his man, passed to Ano who smashed the ball into the bottom left corner. The final effort of the half was from Marcus Dowdeswell who found himself at the back post nodding the ball home following a phenomenal front post flick-on from Calum Davies. Half time the hosts lead 4-0.
Toe-poke the ball
One would usually think that having such a lead going into the second half the game plan would change, opting for a more defensive approach to protect the lead. Gallagher & Panayi were having none of it. More opportunities were soon created with Calum Davies setting up Jordan Gallagher for the fifth goal of the game. Jordan Gallagher then went on a run of his own down the by line and into the box, beating Camberley’s left back only to toe-poke the ball past the keeper and into the net. It was at this point that Camberley created their first reasonable chance of the game, but they were no match for Billy Bishop as he saved their one-on-one chance brilliantly. A number of substitutes had been made throughout the half, including RPV’s player-manager bringing himself on, but specific mention should be made of Ethan Lampard who made his debut for the club, having recently arrived from Dorking Wanderers U18s. The final cherry was put on top of the pudding as Jordan Gallagher marauded down the left only to be brought down inside the box. Jordan then got the opportunity to complete his hat-trick which he did without hesitation. Raynes Park Vale 7 Camberley Town 0.
Speaking to the gaffer following the match, he had the following to say regarding the sparkling performance: “I thought the game went well thank you. Lots of positives, 7 goals and a clean sheet are the obvious ones. There were some good individual performances as well”.