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Combined County Football League, Premier Division – Raynes Park Vale FC v Guernsey FC
Tuesday, 26th March 2013, 7.45pm
Prince George’s Fields
Distance 7 miles, Attendance 75
Outside the Malden Vale FC sign is evidence of pre-merger day. Once off Grand Drive, the dark lane twist around the pitch to a small car park before the bar.
The turnstile was not open but in the bar a familiar few were present. The programmes were heavily in demand, as was the bovril to ease the cold.
The Vale started strongly but just couldn’t score. The Green Lions conversely were lethal up front, and the goals flowed.
A great through ball for Lorring’s opener was followed, by an Allen penalty. in truth the home team – having had most of the possession – were unlucky to be two down.
A rebound gives gives Allen his brace from close range. Heaume’s firm header powers in a precise corner; Mosley gets Vale’s response with a cross that fortunately sails in.
Having made mistakes, a classy Skinner save was the final noteworthy event of the half. The ref blows up with the visitors leading 4-1. Inside its more Bovril and a chance to get warm.
A Spennymoor scout who travelled down for the game is dressed for arctic however, could be found chatting to locals throughout.
The second half is a more even affair yet changes little to the eventual outcome. A hat-trick for Allen looks to have the Lions safe and dry though a mistake at back give Vale a chance.
Pinsard trips Wiltshire who steps up to the challenge but his effort is comfortably saved.
With the temperature is plummeting; its too cold to write more. The players look jaded; about me most want to call it a night.

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In the end the last minute dash in the dark, to find a match – despite harsh cold – was worth every minute.
The ground needs some work but, a convivial time at friendly club is all I could ask for, Thanks Raynes Park Vale.
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