On a wet and blustery Sunday morning Priory Celtic U9 Green squad grabbed the opportunity to take a massive step to claiming runners-up in the YEL Division One first phase when they beat neighbours Hucknall Sports 2-1.
In challenging conditions they put in a scintillating first half performance and from a set piece corner Leo Wright grabbed the first goal, which was swiftly followed by a superb strike from Mat Rose after a delightful through ball from Sam Poxon.
As the wind got stronger both teams strived hard to score the third goal and it was the weather that led to Hucknall grabbing a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining.
However, a resolute display from man of the match George Emerson ensured the Greens remain in second place with one game to go.
A point next weekend will see them claim honours, though three points may see them snatch the championship should Bulwell Athletic fail to win.
The U9a Saturday now go into next weeken’ds game at West Bridgford knowing that a win for them will see them claim runners-up.
However, it just wasn’t to be on Saturday, losing 5-1 after making the long trip to Woodhouse Colts.
Despite Sam Poxon giving some hope as they went in 3-1 down at half-time, they conceded two further goals.
Priory’s remaining U9 team, the Whites, continued their excellent run after making the short drive to Stapleford to face Pegasus Youth and winning 6-4.
The Whites came out of the starting blocks flying, on what was to be a very heavy pitch, going 1-0 up through Jeevan Mann before the home side took advantage of some sloppy defending to level the score.
Priory continued to push and scored a second with a well worked goal for Harry Ginn to slot home. Dylan Thornley then made it three before Thomas Coulter finding the net again to make it 4-1 at half-time.
The home side found their feet and scored twice more to make it 4-3, only for Dylan Thornley to secure a hat-trick despite the home side scoring a fourth.
Priory dug deep to hold on and there were some very tired legs at the end, Cory Morley received man of the match award.
The U10s Whites travelled to Aspley hoping to secure the league title, but were just not their best, losing 7-4 on a pitch that wasn’t going to allow good flowing passing football.
Priory found themselves 2-0 down early on in the first half but clawed it back to 2-2 at half-time. The second half saw Priory shoot themselves in the foot with some sloppy defending and once again found themselves 4-2 down.
Priory did manage to get it back to 4-3 but Aspley went on to win 7-4, Priory goals coming from man of the match Ben Williamson with a brace, Rico Walker and Lewis Deavin.
There was a great great performance by the U7 Greens, who bounced back strongly after last week’s defeat with a 4-2 win over Riverside FC.
After a close-fought match, two goals in the last 10 minutes sealed the victory. Goals came from Jayden Morledge and Callum Altoft as well as two own goals, man of the match going to Jayden Smart for a great defensive performance.
Priory girls U15s didn’t allow one of the favourites for the County Cup, East Leake, an easy passage through to the second round but narrowly lost 1-0.
The U14s confirmed a runners-up place after a comfortable win, but it was mixed fortunes for the U13s, both the Black and Hoop squads earned three points after workmanlike performances thought the 1967 squad narrowly lost out in the promotion decider at Beeston FC.
Both U15 teams lost over the weekend, though the U8 Whites and U8 1967 teams continued their good runs of form.