Priory Celtic Round-up
Priory U11 Greens’ great start to the second phase of the season continued on Saturday afternoon after a very hard-fought win on a sticky pitch at Kimberley Leisure Centre.
Tommy Reeves scored a early goal after a defence-splitting through ball from Isaac Morledge.
Long Eaton equalised shortly before the break, but after Samuel Binks in the Priory goal had made an excellent save, he launched a quick attack which ended with Mitchell Purdy smashing home the winning goal after a goalmouth scramble.
In another tense struggle, the U12 Whites lost by the odd goal in seven at West Bridgford Pirates.
The Whites took the lead somewhat against the run of play with a speculative Oliver Waite strike from 25 yards before West Bridgford deservedly equalised before the break.
A quick shuffle of the pack and a change of formation at half-time saw Priory race into a 3-1 lead after identical moves, Ben Griffiths supplying two inviting crosses that saw Jack Wolverson claim a brace with some instinctive finishing.
West Bridgford though showed great character and first drew level with a well-worked goal before, in the cruellest fashion, scored the winner with seconds remaining.
The U12 Greens, suffering an injury and illness crisis, entertained top of the table Sandiacre Town with only eight fit players and despite a brave performance lost out 3-0.
Waking up to a heavy frost on Sunday morning there appeared no chance of any games on grass but games went ahead on the all weather 3G as normal.
The U7 Whites put in a great performance at home to Attenborough Colts, the U7 Hoops manager Ben Hodgkinson was a pleased man after his team’s performance against Hucknall Sports, whilst the U7 Greens did play on grass on their travels to Burton Joyce, producing their best performance of the season so far.
Alfie May found his scoring boots and bagged a hat-trick, Kurun Johal added a brace and Harrison Fields scored after a great run out of defence. All three scorers got the manager’s player of the match award with the parents giving theirs to the whole team.
The U14 Greens kicked off at lunchtime allowing the frost to dissipate but would have wished for an earlier kick-off after Long Eaton returned home with a 7-0 win.
Another game played on the 3G surface was the 14 Girls game against Nottingham Forest.
The Priory girls played well and despite losing 5-0 will take great pride from their all round performance, Caitlin Dickinson awarded player of the game by the Forest manager for a really strong defensive performance.
Moorgreen Colts Round-up
The U10s faced Keyworth in their first game back after Christmas.
Moorgreen tried something new with their formation, trying to play with wing backs which at times seemed to work well although did leave them exposed on occasion.
Man of match was given to everyone.
The U8s Whites went away to Southwell and played out an excellent game with both teams playing excellent passing football.
Goals came from Byron Hatton-Lowe, who was also parents’ man of the match Max Parsons who was manager’s man of the match.
The U7 Blues last week faced Trowell at home with an impressive performance in tough conditions with goals from Thomas Shirley, Liam White, Harvey Peacock and Alfie Kirk.
This week they were looking to continue the good start to the year against Southwell City and again performed well, a debut goal from James Birkin and strikes from Ryan Garratt and Alfie Kirk aiding their cause, Birkin and James Poole taking man of the match honours.
The U7 Whites played Hucknall Sport Reds and produced some fine counter-attacking play and excellent passing.
There were fine performances from Sebastian Staley, Reuben Clowes and Jack Bradshaw, and additionally a fine goalkeeping display with great saves by Owen Weightman.