Knights of the Vale win battle of Chessington 2-4
4-2 away win at Chessington & Hook United.
Chessington and Hook United 2 v Raynes Park Vale 4 (HT 1-2)
Tuesday 5th Septemver 2017 7:37pm kick off
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Division 1 league game.
Colours: CHUFC. Blue shirts and Shorts, white socks RPVFC away: Yellow, Red shorts, Black socks
Weather: Temperate, fine, light rain from 75th minute.
21 mins: 0-1 Seanan Mckillop 10 2nd goal in 2 starts
29 mins: 1-1 Cameron Peters 11
44 mins: 1-2 Jack Williamson 7 3rd goal in 2 games
69 mins: 1-3 Taryn Smith 9 3rd goal in 2 games
74 mins: 2-3 Cameron Peters 11
93 mins: 2-4 Pat Gibson 16
It's hard not to get carried away after a win like this. When the team plays so well and the effort was 100% from everyone on the pitch. Against a good opposition we won a really tough away game. Away to a team that had just beaten the league leaders 5 nil. A team that was high on confidence and ability. But beat them we did. By effort, skill, determination, nouse and by tactics. The football fan knows not to get too excited, not to get carried away. Knows because the game, the results, the luck, the injuries, all can collude to bite you where and when you least expect it. However, this was to be our night.
1st half - Super Seanan.
So I try to keep my feet on the ground as I write this report but it was bloody impressive. The game kicked off late at 7:37, by that time the blue corner flags had only just gone in. Chessington & Hook came at us hard, all guns blazing for a super intense 35 minutes where they had most of the ball and chances. In this time centre back James Curran cleared off the line on 18 minutes after GK Tony was lobbed, we took the lead on 21 minutes, through a fantastic Seanan Mckillop 20 yarder, and they equalised on 29 minutes through Cameron Peters* *Incredibly quick number 11.
But in the last 10 minutes of the 1st half their intensity lowered enough to allow us to take control, they had punched themselves out. We create chances and eventually put one away on 44 minutes when a bang in form and pacy Jack Williamson slotted home from 5 yards after a Seanan Mckillop shot was parried. 2-1 up at half time and Jack's 3rd goal in two games.
Vale CB Shane McEntaggart's perfectly timed and executed slide tackle to come away with the ball on the right. It reminded me of Bobby Moore in his pomp. Shane later joked modestly that he does one of those per season. He said he didn't rate his 1st half performance. Well he seemed to defend just fine in the 2nd half.
2nd half - We need to talk about Taryn
The 2nd half was less frantic but again James Curran was called upon to clear off the line for the Vale, this time with his head on 63 minutes. Max Springall and Pat Gibson were subbed in on 65 minutes and had immediate effect when Max played in Taryn Smith from the right only for our number 9 to somehow put his effort over the bar from 3 yards out. I think the Chess defender somehow managed to make a challenge from behind as Taryn was pulling the close range trigger.
Alas, poor Tyran we thought. How did he miss that? Only for Taryn to blast in an absolute belter from 18 yards out on the half volley 2 minutes later. That's how. 67 minutes, 3-1. His 3rd goal in two games. This young man really knows where the back of the net is. In two games he and Seanan have invigorated the squad with goals, pace and vision. Hey, it’s great to win again. What's wrong about that? Everyone has seemed to lift their game a bit too. He's quick Taryn. He ran down defenders all night. Defending from the front. Fantastic effort.
Of course it is unfair to single out one or two players as everyone played brilliantly and literally bust a gut and defended like their life depended on it. Throwing in bodies, blocking shots, winning headers. We defended so well late on as we were coming under a barrage of corners, free kicks and pressure as Chessington strove hard for the equaliser.
An equaliser because the incredibly quick* Cameron Peters, had scored again for Chessington & Hook. From the left. His goal in the 1st half was a thing of beauty. If only it wasn't against us. He beat two Vale defenders in series almost on our right touchline then pinged a zero backlift shot across and around Vale No.1 Tony and in off the right post. 29 minutes. His 2nd for 3-2 on 74 minutes. Well, he just ran at us. Fast. I think he saw off a challenge from right back Johann just after JK2 had had been on a long, tiring attack for us down the right wing. Peters scored into the right side of the net. A rapier attack and a cool finish. Anyway, enough about the opposition already.
It started to rain with about 10 minutes left. It was end to end stuff. Nervous watching, trying to hold on to our 3-2 lead, defending like Trojans. Time seemed to be going on forever. Was the ref ever going to blow? But then came blessed relief. With Chess pushing for an equaliser, we scored on the break. Substitute Pat Gibson chip lobbing the advancing keeper from what seemed like a long way out on 93 minutes. The ref finally blew. The game was over. 4-2, a great victory to the Vale against a good side.
3 points were ours but more importantly where does this leave the Vale? 9th in the league. Better than that? Probably. Early days. Like I say, it's hard not to get carried away.
RAYNES PARK VALE Starting XI
1 Tony Davis
2 Johann Kirsten 18 Shane McEntaggart 6 James Curran 3 Nathan Lewis
7 Jack Williamson 4 Jerome Smart (capt) 8 Callum Forbes 11 Eoin Fraser
10 Seanan Mckillop 9 Taryn Smith
57 minutes. Bertrand Marti-Pique 14 on for Seanan Mckillop 10 (strain?)
65 minutes. Max Springall 15 on for Jack Williamson 7
65 minutes. Pat Gibson 16 on for Jerome Smart 4
These are the incidents, highlights. But the whole match is much more than that isn't it. Everyone contributed to a top win.
If only the general public knew the entertainment factor alone of these games, let alone the skill. There's more than the Prem folks.
Chess top scorer this season, with 7 from 8 starts Kie Robinson, was not playing. Injured playing 5 a side on Sunday. On a crutch.
Bet his manager was pleased with that not.
Car park packed at Chalky lane. Had to park in a hedge.
Nice Bacon roll and tea at CHUFC. Thanks for hosting.
Surrey groundhopper Michael & Mr. Crabtree. Hi. Thanks for supporting the Vale over the years.
The Vale are back.