Girls overcome Imps

Priory Celtic U19s recorded a hard-earned point with in-form Clipstone Welfare.

With 12 regulars missing from their side, Priory started off well against a strong organised Clipstone team.

Both Cooper and Wedge had good chances to fire Priory ahead, while Harris in the Priory goal was also called into action as the scores remained 0-0 at the break.

Clipstone came out strongly early in the second-half and controversially took the lead on the hour mark, when Blaney scored despite an active team-mate seemingly being in an offside position.

This seemed to fire Priory into life and both Miller and Vickers went close, but the equaliser came with seven minutes left when sub Coxon found Miller who powered home to seal a draw.

l With plenty of action on offer over the weekend, the main interest centred around Priory’s U15 Girls who entertained Lincoln City in a top-of-the-table clash.

Priory attacked from the start but couldn’t breach a resolute defence, but in a tense second half Priory got their reward when Ellie Parr chased a Sammy Farmer through ball and slotted home what proved to be the winner.

Travelling to Ilkeston Town, the U14 girls continued their good run with a 4-3 win over their hosts, a stunning hat-trick from Lizzie Matthews helping them on their way.

In the boys section, both the U10s and the U15s’ games became an early victim of the frost on Saturday morning though the U7s and both U8 teams, Greens and Whites, played host to Holy Spirit, Toton Tigers and Clifton FC respectively - forward Zhen Rana claiming the man-of-the-match award for the Greens with Alfie Manders claiming the award for the Whites after a great defensive display.

Taking advantage of other postponements, Priory’s Under 18s raced to the top of the table with a 6-2 win at home over Radcliffe Olympic, Liam Draper helping himself to a hat-trick with other goals from Grey, August and a stunning solo strike from Chris Frain.

In Sunday’s action the U9s came back from 2-0 down with late strikes from Bailey Brown and James Foster but now look to have a real challenge to catch the league leaders.

Leading the charge in the U10s Division Three, Adrian Lawe’s team beat East Leake 5-2, goals from Nelson, George, Smith and Wright (2) helping them on their way.

Also leading the way in their division are the U11s who have one eye on the title after a comprehensive win at Hucknall Warriors.

The U12s won 3-1 away at Arnold Town, whilst the U13s hit Gelding Town for six in a 6-2 away win, Luke Manning and Lewis Pyengar both scoring a brace for the Hoops.

There was no such luck for the U14s as they succumbed to the strong league leaders Calverton Miners Welfare.