Swifty Posted March 8, 2016 Share Posted March 8, 2016 I could be rude about certain obvious aspects of Raynes Park Vale, but the home folk I encountered were friendly and, in any case, people would say I was just being bitter. The hard fact is that we came away with nothing because, despite playing some lovely football in patches, our defence cost us the game. Shocking lapses cost us all three goals and all three points. Vale were a direct, robust, route one side with a keeper who pumped huge kicks down the pitch, especially down that slope in the first half. Despite starting well we didn't acclimatise quickly enough to the dangers, and an all too easy defence splitting pass saw their number 10 wrongfoot Tyler and slot the ball home in the 11th minute. Four minutes later a quick throw-in by Dan and a lovely cross by Weighty saw Bitz slot the ball home from ten yards out for 1-1. Bitz returned the favour for Dan to head us into the lead in the 27th, and things looked promising. Seven minutes before half time we switched off and appeared to concede direct from a corner kick by the number 11. Annoying, but no matter. Playing well, level at the break, with the slope in our favour in the second half. Surely we can kick on and win. Wrong. Vale started the second half the stronger, we failed to gel as well after the break and played worse down the slope, even though we brought out a trio of fine low saves from the Vale keeper near his posts. We thought we had a penalty after 55 minutes but, after consulting with a lino, the ref (who turned up at 7.25 and was probably the cause for a 7.50 kick-off) changed his decision to an offside. Then, just after the hour, yet another long punt by the keeper bounced embarrassingly through our defence and the number 8 lobbed Tyler for the eventual winner. Vale's 'pub team' side raised its head seven minutes from time when a two-player disagreement became a fracas and their number 11 got sent off for hitting Jack. Ben then got sent from the dugout for whatever reason. Even with the extra man, we couldn't break down the mass defence and came away with nothing. Going forward, we were fine. In midfield, we were okay (Weighty and Max being our best players in my opinion). If I was manager, I know what I'd be concentrating on for most of the next training session. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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