Priory back on form with win over Athletic

Priory Celtic returned to winning ways with a hard-working 4-1 victory over third-placed Ardley Athletic.

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Priory Celtic returned to winning ways with a hard-working 4-1 victory over third-placed Ardley Athletic.

Priory were again without five regular players which whilst not a problem on this occasion, could be their downfall in their quest for honours.

In an end-to-end first-half Priory took the lead as Josh Stevenson’s header beat the Ardley keeper.

However Ardley were causing all sorts of problems as they forced Callum Marks in the Priory goal into action on a number of occasions and should have equalised before the break.

Ardley came out strong ly during the second-half and got a deserved equaliser as Adam Mahl headed into his own net.

However in the spirit shown in previous weeks, Priory bounced back and a good move saw Greg Wedge beat the offside trap and put them ahead.

Priory were soon 3-1 up from the penalty spot after Ardley defender Snow was sent off for handball on the goal line.

Killian O’Neill fired home the spot-kick.

Both Stevenson and Wedge had superb chances to increase the lead but their efforts went just over.

Priory completed the scoring late on as Liam Draper fired home after another good Priory move.

Juniors

Game of the weekend involved Priory’s U11 Whites who had a monumental tussle with first division Greenwood Meadows in the second round of the County Cup,

Going into the game Meadows had a 100 per cent record and came to their lower league opponents expecting the form book to be followed.

In a nine-goal thriller Priory narrowly lost 5-4 but pushed Meadows all the way, a hat-trick from Matthew Hallam and Robbie Horsley the scorers.

Also on Saturday the U9 Whites went back to joint top of the table after dispatching West Bridgford Tornadoes 6-1.

Once again Jake Flowers was in the goals with four strikes plus efforts from Luke Millington and Zehn Rana.

In friendly matches the U7s and both the U8s sides played, Mason Ward winning the man-of-the-match award for the U7s whilst Tommy Reeves and Samuel Binks won the U8s accolades.

After facing a long and early morning drive to the other side of Lincoln, and having to compete with Christmas market traffic, the U16 girls struggled to get into gear against Lincoln City in a top two game, finding themselves 2-0 down within the first three minutes.

Priory stepped up their game and where unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions, but as the wind blew and sleet started to fall, the girls fell further behind eventually losing 4-0.

No such problems for the U12 girls, as the ever reliable Sophia Bonser scored both goals to ease them to a 2-0 win at home to Arnold Town.

The U11 girls, still learning their trade, lost narrowly to Southwell City 2-0.

George Morley-Finch won the man-of-the-match award for the U15s who where no match for a strong Arnold side on Sunday, while the U14s continued their excellent run of results with a 4-2 home win over Beeston Park, Perry Dermot-Banaham (2), Lewis Pynegar and Jack Walster assisting with the goals,

The U13s ground out a 1-1 draw with Ruddington Colts, Marcus Dickinson scoring the only goal, and the U11 Greens lost 5-2 at league leaders Clifton Aces.

Cup specialists the U10s finally lost a knockout game 3-2 against Carlton Town, Lyle Hubbard and Harry Maplestone the goalscorers.

Finally the U12s faced the unenviable take of visiting last year’s winners in the County Cup for the second year in succession and once again returned home empty handed after losing 6-1, Jack Pyatt with the consolation goal.

l Priory’s ever-growing number of young teams continue to flourish and are looking for more players to join their current U7 (school year two)

For more details ring Chris Elvin on 07977 841165.