Priory Celtic 7
Eastwood & Kimberley FC 1
Priory Celtic made light work of Eastwood and Kimberley in a friendly arranged on Sunday as Priory where without a game.
Priory went into the game without six regular players though this gave some squad players the opportunity to get a full 90 minutes in order to impress in readiness for a return to league action next week.
Priory had the better of the chances early on and took a well deserved lead through Dean Bussey as he coolly slotted past keeper Rhys Watkinson, and it was 2-0 before the break as Bussey scored his second goal.
Eastwood and Kimberley had their goalkeeper to thank as he made saves from Josh Stevenson, Smith and Greg Wedge as Priory struggled to play their usual passing football on a poor playing surface.
Priory came out strongly in the second-half and missed chances looked to be their downfall, however this was before Wedge scored two quick goals to double Priory’s lead, one being a stunning lob over the E&K keeper.
Callum Marks was forced into action for the first time on the hour mark as he had to make a good save to deny the visitors.
Bussey completed his hat-trick with 25 to go, and after Matt Gibson had pulled a goal back against the run of play for the visitors by running onto a George Denton pass and finishing well, Wedge completed his hat-trick.
Priory then introduced manager Danny Staley to replace the impressive Bussey.
Miller then completed the scoring late on as Priory made easy work of their opposition.
In a much reduced schedule due to the chilly weather conditions, the only team to beat the freeze where the U9 Whites.
They delayed their kick off for their third round cup match against Gedling Southbank to allow the pitch to thaw and it was certainly worth the wait.
Priory put on an outstanding performance against their lower league counterparts but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
Gedling played two different keepers in each half and both of them put in man-of-the match performances, as time and again Jake Flowers and Ben Griffiths were denied by some heroics.
As desperation increased Gedling exploited space in Priory’s rearguard and only some last-gap defending by Matthew Smalley prevented a shock.
The game finished goalless after extra-time so penalties where decided to see who progressed into the quarter final,
Priory elected to take the first penalty only for Luke Millington to see the keeper turn away his effort, step forward Priory keeper Niall Storer who then saved Gedling’s first attempt.
Gabriel Dawson calmly settled the nerves scoring his spot kick and once again Storer saved a Gedling effort superbly, palming the shot away to his right.
Flowers then saw his shot saved and Gedling took the opportunity to equalise before Oliver Waite scored to make it 2-1 to Priory.
Once again Storer made a brave save, and the keeper then turned became the hero as his well-dispatched penalty won the game.
l Priory Celtic FC is to launch its 2012 soccer school for boys and girls currently in school year one.
The soccer school will be held each Saturday morning at Kimberley Leisure Centre, beginning this Saturday, January 21.
Sessions will start promptly at 10am and last for one hour. They will be held on grass so players are advised to wear appropriate footwear.
The aim of the school is to provide structured and quality coaching, instructed by qualified coaches as an ‘introduction’ to football.
The soccer school will be working with Broxtowe Borough Council’s Young Leadership programme and utilise Priory Celtic’s own qualified coaches who are all CRB checked.
Priory are also looking for further parent volunteer coaches to assist their growing number of teams.
Full training is offered through the FA Level one course.
For more information, contact Kev Haynes on 07944 476 611. Or you can contact the club via its website at www.prioryceltic.co.uk.
Priory are to launch a new look website in the near future and also have their own Twitter account - @Priory_Celtic.
l Priory have also announced their latest community project, working with the Nottinghamshire FA and Broxtowe Young Leadership campaign.
The club will deliver structured coaching sessions to local Brownie and Girl Guides troops as part of the Four Counties Project.
The focus of the campaign will be to introduce girls to football, offering fun coaching and games.
For more information on the scheme contact Chris Elvin at Priory Celtic on 07977 841165
l Priory Celtic hold a training session each Monday (5-6pm) for local disabled children aged 6-16.
No booking is required and sessions are held on the all weather pitches at Kimberley Leisure Centre.