Priory are on fire to put eight past Benfica

Priory Celtic 8

Butler Benfica 0

Priory Celtic bounced back from a shock defeat to Beeston Athletic before Christmas by hitting Butler Benfica for eight goals at Hall Park.

Priory were a goal up within the first five minutes when Liam Draper fired home after a fine delivery from Nick West on the wing.

It was 2-0 before the half-hour mark when West himself fired home from the edge of the box.

Butler did beat stand in keeper Sam Harris but the referee correctly overruled for hand ball, and Priory had more chances before half-time but were unable to get a third.

Priory went through the gears in the second-half as first Josh Stevenson fired home from 25 yards before leading scorer Greg Wedge scored two in quick succession to put Priory 6-0 in the lead.

There was still time for West to fire another and Stevenson to head home from close range to make it 8-0 as Priory kept up the pressure on leaders Clifton.


After a few weeks off during the festive break Priory’s teams had the chance to run off some of the Christmas treats last weekend.

But both teams playing league football on Saturday didn’t get off to the best of starts, as the U16s went down 2-0 to a very professional Belper Town outfit and a Matthew Hallam goal was scant consolation for the U11 Whites in a 3-1 home defeat against runaway leaders Ernehale Colts.,

In friendly action Benjamin Miles won the man of the match award in the U8s game at Burton Joyce and Thomas Marshall won the same award for Priory’s other U8s side.

In Sunday action, there was better luck for the U11 Greens who played host to Long Eaton United, a stunning Joshua Wright hat-trick enough to earn a 3-1 victory.

A hard-fought goalless draw was nonetheless entertaining for the U10s against Gotham Rangers, however the U14s went down 2-0 at Real United and the U13s lost 3-0 at Bilborough Pelican.

In Notts Youth League action the U17s kept up the pressure on the league leaders with a comprehensive 4-1 away win at Beeston Park, goals coming from Michael Thomas (2), Danny Brennan and Tom Wood with a man of the match performance from stalwart defender Bradley Taylor.

In girls league action, the U16 Girls had a tricky home encounter with Wollaton Hall Green and despite falling behind, goals from Jess Calder and Lauren Turner give the girls a 2-1 win to leave them two points clear at the top of the division.

There wasn’t such good luck for the U11 Girls who returned home from West Bridgford pointless.

l Priory Celtic FC is to launch its 2012 soccer school for boys and girls currently in school year one.

The soccer school will be held each Saturday morning at Kimberley Leisure Centre, beginning on January 21.

Sessions will start promptly at 10am and last for one hour. They will be held on grass so players are advised to wear appropriate footwear.

The aim of the school is to provide structured and quality coaching, instructed by qualified coaches as an ‘introduction’ to football.

The soccer school will be working with Broxtowe Borough Council’s Young Leadership programme and utilise Priory Celtic’s own qualified coaches who are all CRB checked.

For more information, contact Kev Haynes on 07944 476 611. Or you can contact the club via its website at

Priory are to launch a new look website in the near future and also have their own Twitter account - @Priory_Celtic.