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Reigate Priory Reserves 2008/09
Saturday 24th October 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (2) 3 CROYDON GREENSIDE RESERVES (2) 3
Priory were within minutes of securing their first win of the season but were thwarted by Greensides late equaliser. In a very open game where both sides allowed each other to play football it was Priory who took a deserved lead through Charles Read. Greensides returned fire and equalised. Priory went ahead again as Wright was set through and placed his shot beyond the keeper. Again Greensides pulled the goal back. Despite half time discussions to secure up the defending both sides again played open football. with 10 mins remaining Read scored Priorys third. However , Priory could not hold out. Entertaining game , but only a point to show.
Saturday 17th October 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
ELM GROVE RESERVES (3) 5 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (1) 1
Priory travelled to Elm Grove knowing they were in for a tough game against the League leaders. Having only a couple of weeks ago lost at home 3-0 intentions were to try and stay in the game as long as possible. Within 20 min Priory were 3-0 down and looking at a possible rout as Elm Grove dominated with their flowing football and worthy of the side that could probably compete easily in the Intermediate division. However Priory always treat each game with an eagerness to improve and such was the case as they began to hold their opponents. Following a Read cross from the right , Matt Moss's diving header pulled a goal back. In the second Priory continued to adjust their game to try and recover the deficit. However , a crazy 5 minutes , where Priory lost their concerntration allowed Elm Grove to score a further two goals.
If its any consolation Priory have played all the top 5 and the League Leaders twice, so hopefully points to be had soon!
Saturday 10th October 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
CROYDON GREENSIDE RESERVES (0) 0 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 0
Priory Reserves could have been forgiven as they travelled to Croydon Greenside with what appeared to be a last minute put together side , but this was far from the truth as the team moulded and gave an excellent display of hardwork and determination against Croydon Greenside. The 'Golden Oldies' at the rear proved stubborn in defence and were determined not to concede that early goal that had plagued Priory over the last few weeks. Stone and Wright in midfield were full of energy and were eager to support Priorys attack. As confidence grew Priory started to open up Greenside on the flanks and with crosses coming in, Keeling left foot volley appeared to be harshly ruled out for offside. Into the second half and Priory maintained their level , although Greensides were creating more chances. Young James Richardson made some good saves to keep Priory in the game. The game continued end to end but neither side were able to break the deadlock.
Team: Richardson,Evans,Chapman,Willmot,Lomas,Read,Stone,Wright,Tobin,Keeling,WilliamsD,Andy,Dave Hall
Saturday 3rd October 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
SPELTHORNE SPORTS RESERVES (2) 3 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 2
Priory Reserves visited newcomers Spelthorne Sports on saturday who hosted excellent facilities. Spelthorne took an early lead which was added to as Priory struggled to get into the game. Priory must be given recognition for their never ending determination to improve and were keen to put their first half performnce behind them. In the second half a much better Priory kept the ball well and enjoyed better possession. Additionally Priory were getting closer to their opponents restricting their chances. Priory pulled a goal back as Keeling netted. Priorys comeback was somewhat derailed as Spelthorne extended their lead. However , Priorys spirited efforts continued and with 5 mins remaining Keeling scored again. Priory just could'nt find the equaliser
Saturday 26th September 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 0 ELM GROVE RESERVES (1) 3
Priory Reserves had the honour of the first home game at Park Lane but that was as far as it went as they were outclassed by Elm Grove. Again conceding early in the game meant Priory were always were up against it. Okwonga went close to equalise but the keeper smothered the attempt. Priory battled hard to get a foothold but were just not able to make an impact. Further goals from Elm Grove in the second half gave the visitors a comfortable victory.
Saturday 19th September 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
BATTERSEA IRONSIDES RESERVES (3) 5 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 0
Priory Reserves travelled to Battersea Ironsides knowing that they were in for a tough game. Within minutes of the start a long throw into the box caused confusion and their striker converted with ease. Priory started to settle but were just not strong enough to apply pressure on their opponents. Ironsides went further ahead after 30 minutes and on the stroke of half time made it three. At the beggining of the second half Priory tried to impose themesleves on the game but as soon s Ironsides scored their fourth it was game over. Ironsides went onto win 5-0. Individual errors and work rate on closing down opponents need to be improved in order for Priory to compete at this level. Priory are capable as proved in the Ripley game , but need to maintain performance week on week.
Saturday 12th September 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
EPSOM EAGLES RESERVES (0) 4 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (1) 2
Priory Reserves surrendered their half time 1-0 advantage to lose this game 4-2. In an even first half possession wise it was Priory that created the clear cut chances. Keeling and Lidbury had chances to put the game beyond Eagles , but it took a header from Benson off a Lidbury corner that gave Priory the lead at half time. The second half was very different with Eagles enjoying greater possession. Eagles scored 4 times to put the game beyond Priory in a 20 minute spell. Priory did score a consolation through Keeling leaving Priory reflecting on what might have been.
KOOL KEELING CONVERTS AS RESERVES FIND EYE OF THE TIGER
Saturday 5th September 2009 - Surrey Elite Reserve Section
RIPLEY VILLAGE RESERVES (1) 2 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (1) 2
Priory Reserves started their Elite campaign against League newcomers Ripley Villages Reserves who won the Reserve Section of the Surrey Western last season. Ripley Village started this game strongly and were putting together a powerful physical performance. It was quite clear within minutes that Ripleys main threat was in the air. Within the first few minutes Priory were exposed on the left, and a floated ball to the far post was then headed across goal for their striker to score easily. Priory realised what kind of game this was going to be and began to compete. Pete Stone on the right midfield was starting to cause problems to Ripleys defence which resulted in their full back conceding a penalty. Keeling converted. The game continued in a highly competitive format. Ten minutes into the secord half Ripley scored their second as a cross from a freekick ended up in the net.
However, Priory were not going to give up on this game and must be admired as they continued to compete for every ball. Chances were being created , but it took another Pete Stone run down the right to create the goal opportunity. As he cut into the box his shot came off the post , only for a Ripley defender to handle. Keeling stepped up and coolly converted. This was a great team performance by Priory who worked extremely hard. The game was not without its casualties with losses of Charles Read(hamstring),Reg Wright(knee),and Ben Lidbury(toe).
Man of the Match : ALL
Saturday 29th August 2009 - FRIENDLY
FG GALAXY (3) 7 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 0
Priory took a bit of a hammering at the weekend as they failed to find their recent preseason form. However , not a bad time time to take such a defeat and hopefully will provide a wake up call to ensure minds are more focused for next weeks opening fixture in the Surrey Elite away to Ripley Village. In the early exchanges Priory did well and created a number of openings with the best falling to Mclaughlin. On Galaxys first attack they scored. Within minutes hesitation in Priorys defence allowed Galaxy to make it 2-0. Priory tried to get themselves back in the game and despite creating opportunities just could not hit the target. Galaxys third was just on half time.
Priory were never able to recover and Galaxy went on to win the game 7-0.
Team: Peters , Willmot , Stone , Chapman , Leask , Rolands , Read , Benson , Maclaughlin , Williams J, Keeling , Holmes , Frost , Williams D Cousins.
Saturday 22nd August 2009 - FRIENDLY
NUTFIELD FC (0) 1 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (1) 1
Priory Reserves continued their their preseason preparation with a very spirited performance against Intermediate opposition Nutfield FC. The Reserves were fielding numerous players from the clubs 'A' Team squad who applied themselves well to the challenge. Priory started well with the experienced centre pairing of Chapman and Lomas competing well to prevent Nutfields lively attack duo from getting a look in. Priory took the lead following Peters long kick bouncing uncomfortably on the edge of Nutfields box, Fisher kept calm to cleverly head over the advancing keeper. Priory were good value for their lead and for a 15 min spell towards the end of the first half had numerous chances to extend their lead. Dan Peters in the Priory goal pulled off a great save to keep Priorys lead intacked and displayed a strong individual performance throughout the game.
With Roll on Roll Off subs Priory coped well with their changes and had a further chance as Doyle was set clean through from a Wheeler pass. However the Nutfield keeper saved well. Nutfield increased the presuure on the Priorys defence which eventually paid off as they were awarded a penalty, this was converted.The game was then very much end to end with both teams pusjhing for the winner. Priorys best chance fell to Wheeler who's header from a Frost corner just went over the bar.
Priory can be proud of this performance and the work rate displayed to earn a result against higher level opposition.
Team: Peters,Hall,Chapman,Lomas,Holmes,WilliamsH,Wheeler,Stone,WilliamsJ,Frost,Fisher,Comben,Tellford,JonesS, DoyleS,Wright
Saturday 15th August 2009 - FRIENDLY
OLD DORKINIANS RESERVES (0) 1 REIGATE PRIORY RESERVES (0) 2
Priory Reserves were off to positive start as they prepare for another season in the Reserve Section of the Surrey Elite League. With a number of players called up for 1st Team duty the Reserves called on a mixture of experience and Youth for this fixture. The game started evenly with both sides attacking freely. Priory almost went ahead in the 15th minute as Morley threaded a through ball for Keeling whos shot came off the inside of the post. As the half progressed Priory enjoyed more possesion in their opponents half and took a deserved lead aproaching half time as Keeling finished well.
The second half started as the first , with both sides seeking to dominate. However , Priory allowed their pace to drop and Old Dorkinians came more into the game. Following a corner , they equalised. Priory responded immediately , as within minutes, Keeling pounced on a loose ball in the box to stike the winner.
This was a good alround performance by the reserves. The returning Keeling look like he has not lost any of his goal scoring ways and provided an excellent target man up front.
Next weeks game is away to Nutfield from the Surrey South East Combination who will provide a big test for the Reserves.