Priory’s under-8s get off to a great start

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After a three-week absence due to the festive period, Priory’s teams where all scheduled to return to league action last weekend, but the rain and the hard froston Sunday morning put paid to a number of games.

Both of Priory’s Saturday U8 teams took part in their first competitive fixtures at the League Festival day at the PlayFootball facility in Arnold.

The event, which is held over two consecutive weekends, sees the U8s play three group games and then move onto a knockout competition, similar to the Champions League.

Kev Bonington’s Green squad are in a very favourable position after two wins in their first games, a comprehensive 3-0 win over Wollaton Hall, Callum Fox and Jack Brereton (2) scoring the goals before Jack Brereton scored again in a 2-1 win over Lowdham Colts, Ethan Griffin scoring the other Priory goal.

In Saturday’s league action the newly promoted U13 Whites found it tough going and had a baptism of fire receiving a 6-1 drubbing at home to Carlton Town, Josh Leondhart scoring the consolation for Priory.

In a quick fixture reversal the U10 whites took on Breaston Park on the 3G at Kimberley Leisure Centre but couldn’t gain home advantage, losing 2-0.

The U10 Whites beat Edwalton Cavaliers 1-0 in their first game in Division Three, Tom Ellis scoring the goal with a man of the match performance from Samuel Binks.

The U11 Whites will be scratching their heads wondering how they didn’t claim three points at home to Long Eaton United.

They fell behind in the first half but struck back through a Liam Garner set piece corner.

Shots rained in on the Long Eaton goal and a series of wonderful saves from the United keeper plus two efforts from Ben Griffiths that left the crossbar rattling couldn’t gain the decisive goal.

The U9s came back from Bingham with three points after a 3-1 win, Kaine Bray, Ross Carlin and Jake Dawes on the scoresheet.

After suffering relegation in the first phase of the season the U14s set about getting back to where they belong with a more than comfortable 2-0 win away at Cotgrave on a very muddy pitch.

The U8 Hoops travelled to Attenborough with Albie Gibbs putting in an inspired performance, whilst the U11 Hoops returned from Gedling Town pointless after a 3-0 reversal, Jack Carrick winning the man of the match award.

Both U7 squads were in action, Lucas Ellis winning the man of the match award for the Green squad.

Finally the U17s, who sit in runners-up position in their division, made very hard work of bottom of the table Sherwood FC.

In a tense game that they knew they had to win to keep the pressure on the leaders, Priory just edged the game 3-2

Meanwhile, Priory’s U13 girls would like to thank all the customers of Morrisions at Eastwood who supported the bag packing event just before Christmas. Funds raised will go towards proving new training kit for the players

Priory’s new soccer school for boys and girls of all ability continues each Wednesday at the Leisure Centre between 6-7pm on the new 3G pitches. For more information contact Kev Bonnington on 07769 211399.

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