Priory Celtic 5
AC Calverton 3
Priory Celtic made it two wins on the bounce against Calverton as they won 5-2 at Greenwhich Avenue.
Priory took the lead after 20 minutes as Josh Stephens fired home.
Killian O’Neill then doubled Priory’s lead as his effort from 20 yards left the visiting keeper with no chance.
Priory remained strong and keeper Callum Marks didn’t get a touch in the first-half, and they went 3-0 up before the break as O’Neill struck home a free-kick from 25 yards out.
Calverton replied strongly in the second-half and two stunning strikes before and just after the hour mark saw them look to get something out the game.
However, Liam Draper scored almost immediately as Priory made it 4-2.
Calverton, to their credit, pulled another one back to put the pressure on Priory, however, Dean Bussey scored his first league goal to put the game beyond the visitors in a workmanlike performance.
Both Priory’s U9 sides had vital matches last weekend.
The Greens needed a win to push them further up the table and their opponents Calverton MW FC where on a good run after recent fine results, however a fantastic performance from the team delighted manager Paul Newton as two goals from Liam Garner gave them a 2-1 win.
The Whites made the short trip to Nuthall FC but returned empty handed after losing 3-1.
In the two U7 friendly games, Tom Williams and Ross Carlin won the respective man of the match awards.
The U11 Whites claimed a point from a good performance at Clifton FC in drawing 2-2, whilst the U16s are now just three points behind second place with a game in hand after a 2-1 win at Field Lane Sports Club.
Priory’s U16 girls have been knocked off the top of the league after a 1-1 draw at home to Notts County.
Mica Jackson opened the scoring for Priory but County deservedly equalised midway through the half.
Jess Calder, who has a knack of scoring important goals this season, nearly claimed all three points in the dying minutes but her shot was well saved.
The result let Lincoln City climb above them with games now running out.
Priory’s U17s continued in their quest for a league and cup double in a scrappy and tense encounter at Netherfield Boys.
The score was 3-3 after extra-time, goals coming from Luke Williams, Tom Wood and long-serving player Jake Parr, whilst both teams where reduced to ten men, Danny Brennan being showed two yellow cards.
But Priory won the penalty shoot out 4-2 with keeper Eric Towle becoming the instant hero.
In Young Elizabethan League action there was a great win for the U11 Greens who beat Sandiacre Saints 4-2, goals from Corey Nelson, Cory Wrenn, Joshua Wright and Christopher Huskinson.
The U12s beat Ernehale Colts by the odd goal in seven with two strikes from both Ravernelle James and Jack Pyatt.
It was goals galore for the U13s who brushed off nine-man Toton Tigers, Dennis Suraj top scoring with a five-goal haul, Jack Mitchell and Billy Staniland both claiming a brace.
A Lyle Hubbard goal wasn’t enough for the U10s losing at Netherfield Colts 2-1.
It just wasn’t the U14s’ day as they lost to West Hallam, Robbie Wallis scoring on his return to the club.
l Priory are holding a Race Night at the Queens Head, Kimberley on Saturday, March 10 in support of ex-player and coach Sophie Wilkinson, who is travelling to Uganda to support the Balls for Africa campaign.
The club has been a long standing supporter of the scheme and Josh Stevenson the current seniors captain, visited two years ago.
The event is for over-18s and all are welcome. Contact Stephen Newbold on 07968 544047 for tickets and further details.
l Priory’s 2012 Soccer School continues each Saturday at Kimberley Leisure Centre for children in reception and school year one, starting at 10am.
There is no need to book as players can just turn up on the day. The sessions are on grass so players should wear appropriate footwear.
For more details contact the club via their website www.priorycelticfc.co.uk or through twitter @Priory_Celtic.