Priory ease through with fine cup victory

PRIORY progressed to the last 16 of the County Cup with a fine win over Gainsborough League side Clumber Elkesley,

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PRIORY progressed to the last 16 of the County Cup with a fine win over Gainsborough League side Clumber Elkesley - with goalkeeper Callum Marks both saving and scoring a penalty.

Things didn’t go well initially for the hosts as they gave away an early penalty, but Marks produced a fine save to spur Priory into life.

Five minutes later they went ahead through a Dec Smith effort, and in an end-to-end first-half Clumber deservedly drew level before Greg Wedge was bought down in the box and Killian O’Neill duly scored from 12 yards.

In a scrappy second-half, Clumber adopted a more physical approach and started to give away free-kicks and receive cautions for aggressive play.

But Priory didn’t lose their heads and continued to play football and not get drawn into the physical contest and got what they deserved when Josh Stephens spotted the keeper off his line and dispatched a 40 yard lob which nestled in the net.

Priory got a fourth in injury-time when a dreadful two-footed tackle on Carlo Rocco in the box saw Clumber reduced to ten players, and to cap a fine display keeper Marks stepped up and slotted the penalty into the top corner.

Priory now find themselves in the last 16 and entertain another team from the north of the county in the next round.

Juniors

With no league games being played on Saturday, the majority of the games last weekend centred on Sunday morning with no less than five matches at Kimberley Leisure Centre.

Pick of the action from the home games was the U12 girls’ performance against Calverton – a 9-0 win.

There were five goals from Sophia Meakin, a hat-trick from Chloe Stockton and an Anna Walster effort, all of which keeps the girls’ 100 per cent league record intact.

Not so much luck for the U11 girls who had a real David v Goliath contest as they played host to Nottingham Forest, the result going the way the form book suggested.

In Young Elizabethan League action, two goals each for Lewis Pynegar and Nicholas Scott plus a Jack Walster effort saw a return to form for the U14s, however the U12s welcomed league leaders Gotham Rangers and could not stop last year’s double champions losing 3-1.

After waiting two weeks for international clearance (yes, even in kids’ football) the U13s finally gave new signing Denis Surmaj his debut in their game at Toton Tigers and he certainly had a debut to remember by scoring a fantastic hat-trick in a comfortable 6-2 win over their hosts,

Two goals from Marcus Dickinson and a Scott Taylor strike claimed the others, as the U13s quietly moved up to fifth in the league with one eye on promotion.

The U11 Greens also put in a fantastic away performance at Sherwood FC, goals from Dylan George, Tommy Smith, Jamie Stevenson, Cory Wren, Joshua Wright and a brace from Chris Huskinson seeing them to a 7-2 win and placing them joint first in the Sunday Third Division.

In one U8 friendly game Joseph Schorah won the man-of-the-match award for his performance against Wilford Mavericks.

Game of the day in the girls section saw Priory’s U16s travel to old foes Linby Magpies.

Going into the game sitting on top of the league, the girls knew they needed a good performance to stretch their lead, and a tense first-half finished goalless.

But a stunning second-half performance with goals from Lauren Turner, Jess Calder and own goal and goal of the season from Ellie Parr saw Priory produce one of their best performances over the past few seasons.

Finally, in Notts Youth League action, the U17s dropped their first points of the season by losing at West Bridgford U18s – two goals from Tom Wood and a Jack Nicholson effort in vain for the Green and Whites.

The U15s put in one of their best performances of the season at home to Aslockton Cranmers, but two goals from Tommy Bacon and a Sam Foster effort were all in vain as they lost 6-3.