• Reigate Priory FC 0-4 AFC Cubo

    Written by Dylan Chavesse (Reigate College)

    Venue: Reigate Priory Cricket Club

    Date: 27th January 2018

     

    On a freezing afternoon at Reigate Priory Cricket Club, Priory were comprehensively beaten by an AFC Cubo side who stayed in second place as a result of the win. Although Priory had many players returning from injury, and were able to field a strong starting XI as a result, they just couldn’t match the quality that Cubo had on display.

    With priory wearing bright pink, rather than the traditional blue and brown halves, the first ten minutes were a scrappy and tight encounter, played out mostly in the middle of the park- and neither team saw any proper chances go their way. That all changed though in the 13th minute, when the ball was crossed in from the left-hand side of the Priory box by AFC Cubo’s number 4 Tom Shaw, and his cross was met by the head of unmarked forward XXXXXX, who simply had to head the ball into the bottom-right corner, making it 0-1 to AFC Cubo.

    Luke Reid then took a free-kick for Priory, but the resulting header- from David McLoughlin- fell wide of the mark. 6 minutes later though, a goal not out of place on Match of the Day graced the hallowed turf of the Cricket Club. A cross from the half-way line by Ryan Frost sailed through the air, and was met with the sweetest of flying volleys by Charlie Cooper, who arrowed the ball into the bottom left corner. With all due respect to the Priory keeper, it was a simply unstoppable finish, which he couldn’t have done anything about. This meant the score was 0-2 to AFC Cubo after just 20 minutes.

    The next period of play was again very scrappy, and challenges were flying in everywhere, from both teams, and it stayed like this for a good 10 minutes. Kyle Jordan was the man of the moment as he cleared a shot from Henry Chadwick of AFC Cubo off the line. However, it quickly got worse for Jordan. In the 35th minute Elliott Connolly whipped in a short free-kick, which was flicked on by Chadwick, and unfortunately the ball cannoned off Jordan and into his own net. 0-3 Cubo with 35′ on the clock.

    Oli Perkins played well all day, and in the spell leading up to half time, he made some good, penetrating runs, aiming to unsettle Priory’s backline. However, they stood firm, and the teams headed off the pitch at half time, with Cubo winning 3-0, and deservedly too.

    Reigate Priory began the second half with a change, Scott Johnson making way for Danny Roberts, who had dropped to the bench following the 2-2 draw with Godalming and Farncombe two weeks previously. The half got off to an expectedly scrappy start, and in the 47th minute, Henry Chadwick rounded the Priory keeper, but somehow only found the side netting. Unlucky stuff, but even he knows that should have been 3-0.

    In the 52nd minute, there was a rare moment of Priory promise, Danny Roberts shooting, but only finding the side netting. Not a goal, but signs that Priory were looking to claw their way back into the game. Just prior to the hour mark, AFC Cubo decided it was time to make a change of their own, bringing on Rob Davies for defender Ryan Frost. Priory were still showing signs of improvement from the drab first half showing, Cecil Thomas dribbling across the pitch, and sending a shot curling just wide. Cubo made another change, withdrawing Elliott Conolly from the fray, and sending on Sam Brooks in his place.

    Oli Perkins then missed a glaring opportunity to score for AFC Cubo. Unmarked at a corner, the powerful forward had loads of time to score, but could only steer his header just wide of the post. However, soon after Cubo had a penalty, after David McLoughlin was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area. The penalty was taken by Perkins for Cubo, but he was denied by a tremendous flying save from Halsey in the Priory goal.

    Two minutes later though, Cubo were rewarded with a goal they probably deserved, and in some style too. Roberts gave away a free kick just left of the centre of the box, and the ball was sent curling into the top corner by Alex Hannaway. A simply magnificient effort, and 4-0 after 70 minutes. It was now that Wyatt and Smythe decided they had seen enough, and brought on Arnold Saurombe and Paul Coomber to replace Jordan and Murphy, in a hope they may be able to rescue a consolation, and prevent further damage.

    The final 15 minutes filtered out much the same as the rest of the 90 had, with Cubo dominating, and being first to almost every ball. In the 78th minute, Matt Carter and Luke Reid were shown yellow cards following a petty scrap involving Cubo players aswell. And so the game finished, 4-0 to Cubo, who were deserving winners, and they left Priory still searching for a first win since September the 9th.

     

    Reigate Priory FC                                               AFC Cubo

    1 Mark Halsey                                                   1 Jack Hutchinson

    2 Matt Carter                                                    2 Marcus Torr

    3 Scott Johnson                                                3 Ryan Frost

    4 Luke Reid                                                        4 Tom Shaw

    5 David Mclaughlin                                          5 Ralph Wensley

    6 Kyle Jordan                                                    6 Matt Laing

    8 Michael Walker                                            7 Elliot Connolly

    9 Shane O’Keeffe                                             8 Charlie Cooper ( c )

    10 Anton Murphy                                            9 Oli Perkins

    11 Michael Winnister ( c )                             10 Henry Chadwick

    14 Cecil Thomas                                              11 Alex Hannaway

     

    13 Danny Roberts                                           12 Rob Davies

    15 Arnold Saurombe                                      14 Sam Brooks

    16 Paul Coomber

    17 Ben Smythe

    18 Dale Wyatt

    Reigate Priory 1-5 Westside

    Written by Mitchell Packham (Reigate College)

    Venue: Reigate Priory Cricket Club

    Date: 3rd February 2018

     

    Westside defeat an improving Reigate team 5-1 on Saturday, despite miserable weather conditions, there was still a touch of class on the pitch. Westside kicked off and the early minutes of the game saw both sides fight for possession, Reigate were able to get a foothold in the game and created an early chance with Arnold Saurombe shooting from outside the box but it went straight into the keeper’s hands.  Both teams continued to fight but it’s the visitors who begin to dominate and in the 8th minute as Tivon Hiriter dribbles the ball across the box, faking the shot before flicking it onto his right and striking the ball with power but it crashes off the bar. The pressure was building on Reigate and Matt Carter relieved this with a clearance and Luke Reid rose up, flicking the ball onto Danny Roberts who only had the keeper to beat, his left footed shot went under the keeper but the linesmen flagged for offside and disallowed the goal. This bad luck continued for Reigate as in the 29th minute a free kick given away by Matt Carter was swung in by Hiriter, which found Nicholson who rose above the defenders and headed it into the top left corner to make it 1-0. Before the break, Harris battled to win possession in the middle of the park and played a low pass through into Hiriter who pushed off the pressuring defender before slotting it into the bottom left corner, giving Westside a 2-0 lead. With seconds left of the first half Reigate’s frustration was highlighted by David James who put in a two footed challenge on Tanao which resulted in a yellow card.

     

    Shortly after the break Westside tried to cement their lead and were close to doing so when Harris played through Hiriter, who tucked the ball under Halsey but Tanao ran onto the ball and resulted in the linesman flagging for offside and the goal being disallowed. Reigate were fighting to get back into the game and hopes of a comeback began as Arnold Saurombe was played down the wing and found himself with just the keeper to beat, his low shot was saved but the ball was parried back into Saurombe’s path and his second attempt was finished and put Reigate back in the game, 2-1. Hopes of a Reigate comeback were crushed shortly after as in the 56th min Tanao had possession down the wing before playing a short ball into Jarvis who put a perfect cross into the back post where Hiriter sprinted in and side footed it on the volley, the ball flew into the net, out of Mark Halsey’s reach and gave Westside a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later a corner for Westside was crossed into the box by Tanao, Winnister cleared it away but not far enough as the ball fell to the feet of Walters who hit it first time and found the bottom corner with ease. Reigate had become poor in this second half and it showed as in the 60th minute Hiriter was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty, Hiriter put the ball on the spot and placed it in the bottom right with power, 5-1. One last chance in the game as Arnold Saurombe powered through into the box and his right footed shot bounced off the post. An extremely entertaining game finished 5-1, Reigate showing signs of improvement and hope to get a better result in their next fixture against Battersea Ironsides.

     

    Reigate Priory FC                                                                            Westside
    1 Mark Halsey                                                                                  1 Aaron McGukian

    2 David James                                                                                 3 James Richards ( c )

    3 Matt  Carter                                                                                  4 Adam Nelson

    4 Michael Winnister ( c )                                                               5 Nathan Hunter-Moses

    5 David McLaughlin                                                                       6 Tevel Nicholson

    6 James Leask                                                                                  7 Joshua Walters

    8 Cappa Hughes                                                                              8 Kadan Harris

    9 Luke Reid                                                                                      9 Tedd Joyce

    10 Paul Coomber                                                                            10 Tevon Hirtier

    11 Danny Roberts                                                                            11 Marius Jarvis

    14 Arnold Saurombe                                                                       16 Elijah McDonald

     

    15 Anton Murphy                                                                             7 Frankis Tango

    16 Bradley Johnson                                                                        11 Calvin McDonald

    13 Dale Wyatt                                                                                   2 Daniel Hopkins

    17 Ben Smythe

     

  • Players Wanted: Be a part of our future history

    As you can see, we’re a club that prides ourselves on our long history. Would you like to join us in creating our future history?

    Preparations are underway for the upcoming 2018/19 season and we are looking for fresh talent to join our playing team!

    Pre-season training will be every Monday and Thursday night commencing Monday 9th July in Reigate Priory Park from 19.00-21.00.

    Please use the contact form in the contact section of this page for one of our club officials to respond to you with further details.

     

  • Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory FC

    Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory FC – 08/04/2017

    On a bright day at the Stag Meadow, Priory’s hopes of a third consecutive win were dashed but by no means was this a clear-cut victory for the title hopefuls Virginia Water who almost found themselves on the end of an upset on what was Priory’s concluding fixture for this season.
    Despite the absence of a number of Priory’s regular centre-halves, Smythe & Wyatt decided to stick to the 3-4-3 formation that aided the turnaround in form this season. The ever-present Scott Johnson was asked to fulfil an unfamiliar role as a left centre back whilst Fil Soares came in at left wing back.
    The game started slowly with both teams trying to settle into the game but the breakthrough came for the Waters after 10 minutes when Adam Mcnamara finished exquisitely on the half volley into the top left corner after right back Josh Hill had time to find the pass behind the left side of the Priory defence.
    It was the Waters’ number 7 Daniel Whatford who was causing problems for Priory in the first 20 minutes whose off the ball movement was causing some confusion amongst the Priory ranks. Whilst the in-form Priory centre half Dave James was doing tremendously well at keeping Ryan Curtis quiet, it wasn’t long after the 20 minute mark when he managed to find a little bit of space about 30 yards out to crash a left-footed thunderbolt against the Priory crossbar.
    It certainly wasn’t all one way traffic though as Priory grew into the game, pressed higher up and began to ask questions of the Waters defence who before this game had only conceded 1 goal in 6 games! Wing backs Soares and Walker pressed higher up and started finding spaces in the wide areas with Soares in particular producing some testing crosses. A cute flick on the outside of the left boot of Jason Woolsey split the Waters defence and saw Luke Reid get in behind, only for the spin of the ball to take him wide right of the goal and he wasn’t able to keep his first time strike under the crossbar.
    Captain Winnisters high energy assisted by the disciplined James Bolton in centre midfield was helping to transfer Priory’s attack to defence and it was him that set away Woolsey who turned and produced a clean strike from 25 yards which a lot of people thought was in including Woolsey himself but it whistled safely past the wrong side of the left post.

    The half ended Virginia Water 1-0 Reigate Priory.
    With no changes at half time, the second half started brightly with the hosts winning an early corner. The ball appeared to be controlled with an arm at the far post by a Waters player and with the ball pinging around the Priory box unable to clear, it bounced up and struck the arm of the unsuspecting Winnister which referee Childs deemed to be worthy of a penalty much to the fury of the Priory team and bench. On 49 minutes J. Hill stepped up to calmly give his side a 2 goal cushion. Virginia Water 2-0 Reigate Priory.

    A determined Priory fought back and the back line once again were in control, with the Waters who owned a lot of possession not posing a threat to Priory stopper Mark Halseys goal after the penalty. Priory were looking increasingly dangerous of the counter-attack and the Priory goal came from a nice move which started with Woolsey holding the ball, laying it off to Soares who picked the run off Winnister who with the deftest of touches used the pace of the pass the slip through Reid for 2-1.
    Cecil Thomas who was wide right for the majority of the game came inside more in the 2nd half and stated to influence the game more with some nice touches and inter-play. It was the inter-play with substitute Arnold Saurombe that created Priory’s best chance of an equaliser as a one-two set Thomas away down the right who cut in along the by-line but couldn’t quite find the angle to provide Saurombe with a tap in as it was stopped at the near post by Waters stopper Matt Jones.
    Full time Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory.
    Priory will feel aggrieved that they didn’t pick up a point this game whilst Virginia Water held on to the all-important 3 points to continue their pursuit of Tooting Bec who remain 4 points clear at the top but having played 2 games more. For Priory, it was a performance to be proud of having endured a difficult season but finishing strongly with recent wins against Laleham and Yateley as well as a strong showing today against a top side will provide a much needed confidence boost moving into next season.
    Reigate Priory Team:

    1 Mark Halsey
    2 Michael Walker
    3 Filipe Soares
    4 David James
    5 Mario Prom
    6 Scott Johnson
    7 Cecil Thomas
    8 Michael Winnister (C)
    9 James Bolton
    10 Luke Reid 62′
    11 Jason Woolsey (64′ Arnold Saurombe)

    12 Arnold Saurombe (64’ Jason Woolsey)
    14 Ben Smythe
    15 Dale Wyatt

    Manager: Dale Wyatt & Ben Smythe

    Yateley United 0-4 Reigate Priory

    There were to be no fools on April 1st for the 1st team who secured back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets with this resounding win over Hampshire based Yateley United.

    Priory lined up in their familiar 3-4-3 formation with a new look back line following a number of absentees whilst Yateley appeared to play a 4-5-1 formation.

    Unsurprisingly on a heavy and boggy pitch in strong winds between two of the leagues struggling sides the game got off to a scrappy start and both teams were struggling to gain a foothold in the game with Yateley presenting most of the attacking intent in the first 20 minutes.

    Having struggled to adapt to the conditions it was Mario Prom who took control and initiated a nice passing move down the right hand side for Priory which seemed to inspire a newfound confidence amongst the rest of the team. Now getting the ball down on the deck and controlling possession better, Priory began to utilize the pace of young Aaron Taylor down the left hand side who had the beating of his man. Luke Reid and captain Michael Winnister were working tirelessly in midfield to break up the 3 central midfielders of Yateley whilst trying to get up to support front man James Bolton in the box when Taylor was getting to the byline but to no avail as the crosses just didn’t seem to connect.

    What seemed to be the breakthrough came in the 35th minute from the Priory right hand side when a testing diagonal cross found its way to the forward pressing wing-back Scott Johnson who slotted in calmly only to be denied by the offside flag. Up the other end Yateley were finding space in between the lines but with Priory centre back David James doing a fine job of man-marking the powerful Yateley forward Brad Smith they sometimes seemed lost for ideas when coming up against the resilient Priory back 3.

    At half time there was only one change for Priory as James Bolton moved from his central forward position to his more natural position of centre midfield allowing the pacey Luke Reid to push up top and support the effective Aaron Taylor on the counter attack.

    This change immediately paid off and Priory found themselves 1-0 up within 4 minutes of the 2nd half. Taylor was played through only to be brought down in the box. No penalty was given but in the panic of the moment Yateley stopper Adrian Giles rushed his distribution which was cut out by Reid who unselfishly pulled back to Taylor who dispatched tidily.

    Within 5 minutes Taylor was clean through again and again he was brought down by the Yateley defence who were struggling to contain him. This time referee Kirk pointed to the spot and Bolton calmly put Priory 2 up with a driven shot into the bottom right corner.

    It was in the 57th minute that Priory completed a 12 minute triple blow to the hosts as Taylor grabbed his 2nd of the game with a fine strike from distance into the top right corner.

    Shell-shocked by the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half Yateley began to settle down and Priory seemed a little uncertain of how to deal with taking a 3-0 lead with still a good half an hour to play. Yateley started to control possession on the ball but Priory absorbed the pressure well and always looked dangerous on the counter attack. Yateley had a strong appeal for handball inside the Priory penalty area which was turned down by referee Kirk who was very unlikely to see through what was a large crowd of players.

    Having had a couple of good chances on the counter attack with Bolton rounding a number of players but unable to release his shot and Reid finding his way through 1-on-1 on a couple of occasions, the Priory 4th was inevitably scored by the tenacious Reid who this time managed to round the keeper to slot into an empty net.

    Yateley did have a late chance for a consolation in the final moments of the game as a corner was delivered to the far post only for the Yateley attacker to head against the post.

    Having delivered a couple of decent performances and strong results, Priory head to title contenders Virginia Water next week at Windsor FC where they conclude their season and will hope to continue their recent form and end the season on a high.

    Reigate Priory Team:

    1 Ben Smythe
    2 Michael Walker
    3 Scott Johnson (61′ Harry Swann)
    4 James Burwood
    5 David James
    6 Mario Prom
    7 Miri Morina (51′ Matt Carter)
    8 Michael Winnister (C)
    9 James Bolton 53′
    10 Luke Reid 68′
    11 Aaron Taylor 49′ & 57′

    12 Matt Carter (51′ Miri Morina)
    14 Harry Swann (61′ Scott Johnson)
    15 Dale Wyatt

    Manager: Dale Wyatt & Ben Smythe

  • Xmas Training & Friendly

    There is no training 20th, 27th December or 3rd January. Training begins again 10th January, floodlit AstroTurf at Oriel School, Maidenbower – 7.30pm to 9:00pm. RH10 7XW.

    We also have an interclub friendly, Tuesday 27th December at Park Lane, with an 11am kick off. All are welcome to come and watch, play, or generally heckle.

    Change in Management

    Early this week Dave Gellatly and Andy Brewer met with the chairman Ray Connolly to tender their resignations as joint managers of the Reigate Priory first team. Ray and the club would like to put on record their thanks for all the hard work both have put into running the side and wish them all the best for the future.

    Going forward the club have moved to appoint Ben Smythe and Dale Wyatt as first team managers for the remainder of the season. Both have previous management and coaching experience with Ben in particular currently undertaking the coaching of the 1st team.

    The club, chairman and management committee look forward to working with them and are fully behind their appointment. We expect the players to provide them with the help, support and commitment needed to ensure we make the best of the remaining part of the season.

    All the latest fixtures are available on this site.

    Also a reminder about the Wine Tasting and Curry Event we’re hosting Friday 25th November.

  • Club Update – September

    On Thursday night, 1st September, the management and admin committees met to discuss the start of the season and to react to the numbers that have been to training. While we have run a 4th side for a number of years, and a 5th at one point, the club has not always been able to maintain that number of sides. We can only provide football for the amount of people that want it and unfortunately we’ve had to now remove the B team, leaving us with the 1st, reserves and A team.

    The 1st and reserves managers will remain the same as will the divisions they play in, the new A team will be managed by Nathan Phillips and Aaron ‘3’ Morris with Marc Connolly concentrating on his role as vice chairman.

    The unfortunate up shot of this decision has been financial. While we were committed to the 1st team not having to pay individual match fees, with the rest of the club covering the shortfall, this is now no longer possible. It was always going to be a stretch of our limited resources but with only 2 teams supporting this instead of 3 this has proved to be impossible. Therefore the 1st team will now have to pay the same rates as the rest of the club.

    As we move to Crawley for training on AstroTurf under floodlights it is worth mentioning this costs the club £110 per session per week, which is obviously a huge cost. We encourage everyone to attend training not only to improve as players and to enjoy what you are paying for as members but to also have fun and help build club spirit.

    We have just purchased 40 new Mitre training balls and will also bring in more high quality match balls in the coming weeks.

    Off the field we continue to work hard, with sponsorship confirmed from Linkfield Physio and Clove Restaurant again for the season, as well as new link up with The Vine King bringing high quality wines to the club as well as a wine tasting evening. We are still exploring many other avenues of sponsorship and of course anything we get is put straight back into the club for the use of our members.

    We will continue to keep you all updated via email and the website, our upcoming fixtures for the 1st and reserves are below, with the A Team fixtures still to be confirmed. We are hoping to be able to play our first game of the season at Park Lane on the last week of September but this is yet to be confirmed by the Cricket Club.

    Fixtures for next few weeks of September are :

    FIRST TEAM
    10th – Ripley Village (A)
    17th – Yateley United (H)

    RESERVES
    10th – Virginia Water Reserves (H)
    17th – Abbey Rangers Reserves (A)

    A TEAM
    10th – RH Athletic (A) – depending on outcome of team withdrawal.

    Thanks very much,
    Chris Comben.