Saturday 22nd September 2020 @ 3 pm
Buildbase FA Vase – 1st Qualifying round
Ground – 151 Rayners Ln, Harrow HA2 0XH

Admission – Adults £6, Concessions £3
Note:- Evepass Track & Trace in use

Our debut in this seasons Buildbase FA Vase was at the swanky Tithe Farm Sports & Social Club home to Rayners Lane of the Spartan South Midlands League. The very nice clubhouse was very much to the liking of the large travelling Villa support, the 3G pitch not so much to the liking of the players.

During last weeks FA Cup tie we struggled to come to terms with the variances of the artificial pitch, this week however we had no such trouble as we opened the scoring in the 1st minute. Elliott Simpson finishing off our very first attack from close in. Just the start we were looking for.

The goal settled us and we took control of the game, our hosts however were still looking dangerous with their quick breakout attacks and, it was from one of these attacks, in the 27th minute, that “The Lane” levelled the game when their No 8 headed home from a free kick.

It was starting to look as though we would go into the break on even terms when a long throw from Sam Merson wasn’t dealt with by the Rayners defence, the ball bounced loose in the box and Michael Kamara reacted first, prodding the ball home and giving us the lead at the break.

The Boss made a couple of changes during the break, Scottie Walker and Bruno Tingle replacing Sami Gagna and goal scorer Elliott Simpson.

Once again we started the half in control, and it wasn’t too long before we increased our lead through Bruno Tingle who used his height to great effect, scoring with a tremendous header. The goal seemed to deflate our opposition and when, in the 58th minute, Sam Merson scored what is becoming his customary goal, the tie was over and done with.

Rayners scored a consolation, through Jamie McKay, just before the final whistle. This was a commendable effort by The Lane, especially as this was their first competitive game of the season, and we wish them well for the upcoming season.

Villa lineup:- Terry Buss, Guy Ajsah-Palmer, Bryant Akono-Bilongo, Michael Kamara (Goal 41), Sharife Njie, Jamie Thoroughgood, Brandon Brazey, Samra Gagan, Sam Merson (Goal 58) Elliott Simpson (Goal 1), Meshach Williams

Subs:- Ben Merson (⇑60 for Sam Merson), Scott Walker (⇑45 for Samra Gagna), Sid Dack, Bruno Tingle (⇑45 for Elliott Simpson – Goal 52), Louis Taylor