Priory Celtic suffered only their second defeat in 15 games as an under-strength team lost 3-2 at Beeston.
Beeston Athletic 3 Priory Celtic 2
Priory Celtic suffered only their second defeat in 15 games as an understrength team lost 3-2 at Beeston.
Manager Danny Staley was without six regular players and saw his depleted squad fall behind after just three minutes.
A good free-kick was put into the box and wasn’t dealt with by Priory as Beeston fired home.
It was a poor first-half performance by Priory who were 2-0 down on the half-hour mark as Sam Harris brought down Whalin in the box and referee Hambridge correctly awarded a penalty which sent Callum Marks the wrong way.
Whatever was said at half-time certainly woke Priory up as West headed home five minutes into the second period to reduce the arrears.
Greg Wedge, Killian O’Neill, and Liam Draper all had chances to draw level for the visitors, but it was Josh Stephens who did so on the hour mark as he fired home.
Draper hit the bar from close range, O’Neill hit the post and Josh Stevenson headed over as Priory could not get the goal to send them in front.
The game looked like heading for a draw untill the 90th minute when controversy saw Beeston take the points.
Harris put in a superb challenge in the Priory box after doing so was punched in the back. Marks in the Priory goal was sent off for his part after trying to defend his team mat, and the referee awarded a penalty despite the original altercation being against Priory.
Beeston fired past stand-in keeper Wedge as Priory were denied at least a deserved point.
The U11 Whites made light work of Clifton AW Blue, four goals from Matthew Hallam and a brace from Robbie Horsley giving them a comfortable 6-2 win.
The U9 Greens are still chasing the runners-up place in the YEL Green division but had to be content with a goalless draw at home to Sherwood FC.
In friendly action Theo Simmons and Nathan Stevenson won the respective man-of-the-match awards for the two U8 teams whilst Jamie Muir and Tom Williams won the U7 awards
There was a thrilling ten-goal encounter in the U17 game against Wollaton Hall with the game finally finishing 5-5 after Priory where behind 5-2 with 15 minutes to go.
Goals from Greg Simmons, Danny Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Tom Wood (2) earned them a point.
The U15s lost 6-3 at home to Ernhale Colts, Alex Neilson, Tom Bacon and Joe Clark with the goals.
The U16 girls become the first Priory team to reach a cup final after beating an unfortunate Rolls Royce team 3-1 in the semi-final, Ellie Parr (2) and Lauren Turner the scorers.
Priory could even afford a penalty miss as in the end they eased through to the final.
The U12 girls where also in County Cup action at the quarter-final stage and they gained revenge over Gedling Southbank for the recent league defeat winning 3-0, Chloe Stockton, Sophia Bonser and Lucy Wade scoring.
In YEL Sunday action, the U11 Greens narrowly lost 3-2 to league leaders East Leake but will rue plenty of missed chances in a game they feel they should have won.
In the U14 local derby against Kimberley MW the points where shared, Jack Walster scoring for Priory.
The U12s hit a perfect ten in beating Pelican Colts 10-2 away from home.
Charley Hartshorn, Jack Jones, Adam Loydall, Luke Marshall all notched a goal with hat-tricks from both Liam Williams and Jack Pyatt giving manager Darren Betts some early Christmas cheer
The U13s paid a visit to leaders Arnold Town and dominated play until 30 minutes when Arnold won a corner and scored.
Four minutes later new signing Dom Palethorpe was pulled down in the box and James Stenson tucked away the resulting penalty kick.
Then, a minute later, Priory took a deserved lead when Marcus Dickinson scored a great goal.
The second-half saw Arnold have the wind at their backs but Will Munroe in the Priory goal was equal to every shot thrown at him.
Priory once again applied the pressure and a defence-splitting pass from Palethorpe saw Dickinson through on goal to put away the third.
With just three minutes to go Dennis Surmaj tucked away the fourth giving Priory a deserved win.
l Priory’s ever-growing number of young teams continue to flourish and are looking for more players to join their current U7 (school year two)
For more details ring Chris Elvin on 07977 841165.
Priory are to launch a new look website in the new year and also have their own Twitter account - @Priory_Celtic.