Priory Celtic revive senior football team

Man of the match Josh Foster
Man of the match Josh Foster

Priory Celtic have taken another step forward by re-launching the club’s senior side.

Priory have not had a senior side for nearly four years since John Dexter’s team folded after many successful campaigns.

However, the club have decided to set a side up a senior side again competing in the East Midlands Public Authority League.

The team will be managed by Danny Staley, who ran the club’s under 19 side last year, who have now progressed into senior football.

Staley said: “It’s great news for the club. All of the side are either former Priory players or live in the Kimberley area.

“Last seasons U19 experiment was a real test for the club competing in their highest ever level of football against established non-league teams, and we gave it a good shot but our position came untenable in that league for one reason or another”.

“The club is one of the most progressive in the county and we are really excited ahead of next season as we will be running 21 sides as well as soccer schools and providing football for disabled children”.

Priory’s first senior friendly will be on August 7 against Attenborough of the Long Eaton Sunday Premier League.

l Priory Celtic’s disability squad have played their first two competitive matches.

The games against Bingham Town were split into two age groups with one match for the over 12s and another for the under 12s.

The over 12s kicked off first and took the lead against the run of play with debutant and man of the match Callum Sharpe the scorer.

But Bingham’s more experienced players responded well and scored a quickfire four goals before half-time.

The second-half was far better as Priory found their feet and gained confidence.

They pressed on and had a few great chances to reduce the deficit, but Bingham scored a fifth goal late on to wrap up the result.

The under 12s were next with Priory having most of the play through Josh Foster and debutant Thomas Clifton.

Priory went ahead through Foster and kept the pressure on in the second-half but in a frantic last ten minutes Bingham equalised as the Priory players chased further goals.

But no one could foresee what was going to happen next, as Jacob Rowland, who played wonderfully in goal, made a long and high clearance, and taking his chance Foster hit the ball on the turn volleying a stunning strike into the roof of the net.

Ultimately Priory couldn’t hold on to a deserved win with Bingham snatching a last minute equaliser.

Priory will play host to Bingham in a return match on July 24 at Kimberley Leisure Centre.

Squad: James Spiby, Andrew Szeremeta, Ben Szeremeta, Ethan Rowland, Jacob Rowland, Josh Foster, Callum Sharpe, Thomas Clifton.