Priory Celtic round-up
It was a near wash out for Priory’s teams over the weekend as the wet weather played havoc with the fixture lists.
In league action only the U10 Greens and U12 Girls in the junior section plus the seniors got to play their games.
The U10 Greens were grateful of the game which saw them claim a further three points that should end any worries on relegation after a 2-1 win away at Toton Tigers, whilst the U12 Girls crashed to an unexpected 4-1 defeat at East Leake, Beth Garner with the Priory goal.
In friendly mini-soccer action the only game to survive was the U8 Greens’ fixture, Luke Garton claiming the man-of-the-match award.
Due to overwhelming demand Priory have now formed a third squad at the U7 age group in preparation for next season.
Numbers attending the club’s current nursery section, for boys and girls in school year one, continue to grow.
The sessions are held at Kimberley Leisure Centre every Thursday evening and formore details contact the club through its website www.priorycelticfc.co.uk.
l It was a wet morning to forget as Priory Celtic went down 2-0 to Arnold Old Boys on a very heavy pitch.
The defeat was Priory’s first this season and only their second in 26 games stretching back to January 2012.
Priory started slowly but their goalkeeper Callum Marks was rarely troubled.
A change of formation seemed to lift Priory and they should have taken the lead after 25 minutes as Marcus Liburd saw his effort superbly saved and Dec Smith’s rebound was also well saved by Tudor in the Arnold goal.
Priory then had another glorious chance as Greg Wedge’s effort was cleared off the line.
At the other end a contender for save of the season then followed from Marks as he superbly stopped a stunning strike from 20 yards.
Tired legs were the main downfall for Priory as they were forced to use their only sub early on through injury, and it seemed an uphill challenge from that point on.
Arnold broke the deadlock on the hour mark as Bussey’s effort hit the post and McArdle was quickest to react as he tapped in from close range.
Priory did not stop working but there would be no reward for their hard work as they saw the title race fall in Arnold’s favour.
This was confirmed as former Priory player Dean Bussey’s attempted cross dropped in the net leaving Marks with no chance.
l Priory Celtic’s U16s have paid a visit to the new home of the FA at St George’s Park.
The team have been assisting with the FA Vauxhall Mash-up sessions at the Leisure Centre and were asked to attend due their excellent attitude and behaviour.
The sessions were videoed for future FA training purposes.