The Combined Counties Football League
Published 16th April 2012
City made it back-to-back Combined Counties League titles with a 4-2 victory over Raynes Park Vale on Saturday, sparking joyful scenes at Spectrum.
Two goals from former Vale striker Austin Gacheru led the way and propelled City beyond the reach of long-time chasers Windsor FC, who they face this weekend.
Manager Rayner's title delight came twelve months after his champions suffered a promotion heartbreak when they were refused a place at Step 4 on a ground grading technicality.
He said: "I'm so pleased for my assistant Roly, the club and all the players. They came here to get the club to the next level and have done it.
"I've never doubted we wouldn't and we've been single-minded about winning the league again all season.
"Windsor have been on a good run and pushed us all the way but I said in October when we played them that we would finish above them and I've been proved right."
Rayner, whose team have created a club league points record and who need one more win and four goals to set two more standards, added: "The players deserve it and are certainly good enough to step up to the next level and be competitive next year.
"I think it will be the Ryman or the Southern but I don't mind, either league will be OK and we look forward to the prospect of playing at that level."
Gacheru's opener, quickly followed by a Vale own goal, put City in command at half time.
And further strikes from Gacheru - who joined Dan Moody at the top of the club's scoring charts with thirty-one goals - and Lance Banton-Brown completed the win. Dave Mosley (47) and Layiwola Lemoh (89) netted for Vale.