AC Calverton 1
Priory Celtic 7
Priory Celtic bounced back from recent poor form with a 7-1 victory on the road.
Priory welcomed back Callum Marks, Dec Smith and new signing Dean Bussey into the squad, and were ahead early in the game after a good delivery into the box was fired home by leading scorer Greg Wedge.
Former Priory Celtic youth player Ashley Chadwick was causing Priory all sorts of problems and Calverton got a deserved equaliser as Chadwick fired past Marks with a great finish from 25 yards.
Priory piled on the pressure and should have come in front before the break but missed chances looked like costing Priory again.
Both teams came out strong in the second-half as Calverton beat Marks but were denied by the post before an inspired double substitution and tactical change saw Smith and Bussey introduced.
Priory took the lead just after the hour mark when a back pass was misjudged by the Calverton keeper and ended up in the goal.
This kick-started Priory as Smith made it 3-1 before quickly scoring again to put the game beyond doubt.
West added a fifth before Smith completed a superb hat-trick inside just 18 minutes.
Josh Stephens completed the scoring late on as his effort from 20 yards left the keeper with no chance.
After two weeks without any games due to the snow and ice, the majority of Priory teams returned to action over the weekend.
The U8 Greens entertained West Bridgford Dynamos, Nathan Stevenson scooping the man of the match award,
Alfie Allen won the award for the U8 Whites.
In Saturday’s league action, the U11s had a daunting trip to Ernehale Colts, who have a 100 per cent record this year in the league. Darren Syson’s young team put in a fantastic performance and were very unfortunate to lose by the only goal in the game.
The U9 Whites played under the stewardship of club secretary John Harris as the regular manager, Sam Harris, was attending a Youth Trust leadership course representing Nottinghamshire FA at Loughborough University.
Despite the cold temperatures and the wind and the rain, the boys produced a stunning performance against Beeston Park, Oliver Waite (2) and Ben Griffiths giving the Whites a 3-1 win.
It turned into a very disappointing Sunday for the Priory teams competing in the Young Elizabethan League, with all four sides losing their games.
The U10s travelled to Gotham where they were beaten 3-0, while the U12s hosted a talented Netherfield Colts team and though Revarnelle James scored on his debut they couldn’t avoid losing 3-1.
There were goals galore at Wilford though unfortunately for the U13s six where scored by Wilford Lions, and finally a goal in each half for 2bm Pumas saw off the U14s.
In Girls’ league action the U16s had a comfortable 6-1 win away at Asfordby Amatuers, two goals each from Lauren Tuner and Jess Calder along with a stunning Ellie-Rae Richardson free-kick and a first ever goal for Georgia Ramage did the damage.
This result keeps the Girls top of their league but with Lincoln City just two points behind with a game in hand.
The U11s are still looking for their first points but are playing with a smile on their faces despite losing at home to Rolls Royce.
The U12 Girls narrowly lost 5-3 away at Wollaton Hall in the County Cup semi-final, though they remain in contention for league honours.
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.