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Moles Tumble into Relegation Zone

by David Morgan

Molesey 0-0 Raynes Park Vale


Molesey arrived at Raynes Park Vale's hill this Saturday with a desperate need to start picking up points and climb up the table to go for what, at best, will be a top half of the table finish. What they got was another nervy gae with only a few chances that were spurned by the away side as Molesey dropped two points and with it fell into 21st place in the league and a demoralising glance at the league table will show that the Moles are now in the relegation zone.

It could have been so much better for the Moles today though with so many missed opportunities that started in the 3rd minute.

Matt Baxter showed great vision in sliding a ball through to James McShane, however the Molesey midfielder chose to go for power rather than placemnt and the ball flew just wide of the goal.

There was very little flow to the game with Raynes Park Vale looking to take as much time as possible on every set piece as possible from the very first minute. This meant that the next Molesey opportunity didn't arrive until the 28th minute when centre back, Joe Yeates managed to find space in the box from a corner but his shot was blocked on the way to the goal.

This was to be a pattern for the game with Molesey best chances coming from set pieces, where the Moles were hoping that Joe Yeates or Moses Spencer would find their way to the ball.

Coming up to half time Raynes Park Vale made a rare foray into the Molesey half and a good move was ended with a shot that went just wide. This was followed by one of Moleseys best chances when yet another corner was swung in and Moses Spencer got his head to the ball but he saw it agonisingly hit the post and bounce the wrong way for on-rushing striker Matt Baxter to get a tap-in.

When the Moles came out for the second half they thought they might have caught their opponents cold and just after the restart, Matt Baxter was sent through one on one but his shot was straight down the middle and easily saved by the 'keeper who was very rarely troubled throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Molesey had their best chance of the game in the 63rd minute when a James McShane cross excellently found Phil Dexter who somehow manaed to conspire to miss the target completely when he looked odds on to score.

Molesey brought on Ross Defoe for Danny Coombes in the 77th minute, a move that brought a lot of derision from the fans but it was later found out to enforced due to Coombes requesting to come off.

The game calmed down from that moment and despite a bizarre sending off for Raynes Park Vales right back when he picked the ball up before it left the pitch, Molesey were unable to find the breakthrough and now find themselves staring up at most of the rest of the teams in the league.