Promotion assured for Priory’s seniors

Priory Celtic 6

FC Eastwood 2

Priory Celtic’s senior side secured promotion after a convincing win over bottom of the league FC Eastwood.

Priory took an early lead through Liam Draper as the hosts dominated the early stages with Dec Smith hitting the post and a Greg Wedge effort going wide.

Priory were soon 2-0 up as Wedge’s effort was saved but Draper pounced quickest to double the lead.

Eastwood pulled one back as a free header from a corner left keeper Callum Marks with no chance but before the break Wedge restored Priory’s two-goal advantage.

Priory came out strongly in the second-half looking to put the game beyond doubt, however it was Eastwood who scored next with a bizarre own goal.

Scott Carlisle’s back pass took a wicked bobble and went rolling past Marks in the Priory goal.

This seemed to spark Priory into life as Wedge slotted home his second, quickly followed by Liam Miller who scored on his return.

Wedge then completed his hat-trick as Priory secured second place.

Juniors

Priory’s U16 Girls had a vital game on Sunday, knowing a point away at Wollaton Hall would give them runners-up spot in a very strong division.

Going into the game without key players including Shanice Stewart, who continues to recover from her cup final injury, Priory knew that Wollaton would give them a very tough test and they were not to be disappointed in a very strong and physical encounter which saw a Wollaton player sent off for violent conduct.

Priory managed to hold their nerve and with some resolute keeping from Christina Keeley they held on for a goalless draw.

The girls now have a four-week break before their League Cup final against Lincoln City.

The U12 Girls lost at home to runaway leaders Stretton Swifts, whilst Priory’s newest team, the U9 Girls (pictured), played their second game and though the girls eventually lost the excited band of parents fully enjoyed the game.

In Sunday league action, Priory’s U12 Greens kept the pressure on the top two with a comprehensive 7-3 away at Market Warsop, four goals from Tommy Wright plus a brace from Tommy Smith and a Lewis Hicking strike making the long journey worthwhile.

Also winning away from home where the U12s who made the shorter journey to Hucknall Sports, returning home after a 4-2 win.

The points were shared at Kimberley Leisure Centre where the U14s drew with West Bridgford Jets 1-1, Jake Pearce scoring the solitary Priory goal.

Brad Taylor, Jack Nicholson and Luke Williams all scored as the U17s inflicted a 3-0 defeat on league leaders West Bridgford Colts – the U17s remaining on course for a league and cup double.

In Saturday action, the U16s played their final game under the stewardship of manager Dave Hoyland and won 4-2 at Chellaston, a result which prevented their hosts taking runners up place in Division One.

In mini-soccer, Priory’s U9 Green squad were narrowly beaten 2-1 at West Bridgford, Thomas Hutton scoring.

The U9 Whites entertained Moorgreen Colts in a local derby and the boys put in their best performance of the season in a game in which both teams need to be credited for playing attractive football.

Despite going behind Priory turned on the style running out eventual winners 5-2, Jake Flowers (2), Zehn Rana, Oliver Waite and Luke Millington (against his old club) the scorers.

The U11 Whites continued their fantastic run of seven unbeaten games by beating West Bridgford 6-0, two goals from both Matthew Hallam and Robbie Horsley plus solo strikes from Jake Simpson and Josh Whyte moving the Whites up to third spot and with one eye on promotion.

l Priory’s soccer school for boys and girls in school year one and reception continues on Saturday 21st at Kimberley Leisure Centre with a 10am start.

There is no need to book as players can just turn up on the day.

For more details see www.priorycelticfc.co.uk.