• 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.

    Annual Reigate Priory 7s Tournament sponsored by Mr Snob

    After a massive effort by all the players the pitches were ready to go, in its first year five teams competed for the much coveted trophy. After hours of games and many tired legs the two finals were played. The first, for the plate, between 3rd place in the group and 4th place was decided on a tight penalty shoot out, with a 2-1 win for Holland (Sporting Forest).

    The final, between The Drop Outs and Italy, was a more respectful affair after the feisty group game The Drop Outs were eventual winners by four goals to one.

    Well done to all the teams, it was a great day and now we look forward to the 2016/17 season starting and also next year’s 7s Tournament.

    P T P W D L F A GD Pts
    1 The Drop Outs 4 4 0 0 16 1 15 12
    2 Italy 4 2 1 1 6 4 2 7
    3 France 4 1 1 2 8 2 6 4
    4 Sporting Forest 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 4
    5 England 4 0 1 3 2 18 -16 1

     

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  • Annual General Meeting 2016

    Club Structure

    President
    Jez Chandler

    Chairman
    Ray Connolly

    Secretary
    Bill Comben

    Treasurer (Park Lane)
    Bill Comben

    Vice Chairman
    Marc Connolly

    Vice Chairman
    Chris Comben

    Match Day Secretary
    James Richardson

    Commercial Secretary
    Nathan Phillips

    Head Of Social Committee
    Michael Walker

    The First and Reserve teams will again play in the Surrey Elite Intermediate and Reserve Divisions.
    The As and Bs will play in the Surrey South East Combination Junior Divisions.

    A big thanks to Ian Stemp for his 50 years of loyal service.

    Management

    The management structure remains the same, but with new first team managers.

    First Team
    Dave Gellatly / Andy Brewer

    Reserve Team
    Dave Harwood / Tristan Davis

    A Team
    Marc Connolly / Angus Milne

    B Team
    Nathan Phillips / Aaron Morris

    Vets
    Nigel Lomas

    New Pricing

    There will be a slight increase in the annual membership fee from £40 to £45, however each member will be given an official club garment to be warn before matches which is theirs to keep. The match fees will remain as before.

    The first team charges will also change for the 16/17 season. There will now be an £85 annual membership for first teams players but no match fees. When a player is demoted to a lower side they will be able to play 4 games without having to pay a match fee. Once they have used those 4 games they will be eligible for a £10 charge per game unless it is for the first team again.

    Students will be charged half the annual membership, but full match day per game costs. Junior team players will not have to pay the annual membership at all, but will have to pay full match day per game costs.

    There will be three registration periods, two after training and another on a Saturday. During that time players will sign on for leagues, give us their contact details and pay at least half of the annual subs. If there are no annual subs paid they will not be eligible for selection. The remaining annual subs will be collected by February at the latest.

    Communication

    As confirmed in the survey communication will be improved. All players e-mail addresses will be added to a club mailing list for social and club matters. With information backed up with a new and improved website with up-to-date information.

    Social Committee

    The previous role of social secretary will be expanded to a social committee. There will be a full social calendar produced so dates are known before hand and well publicised. Michael Walker retains the position as social secretary with the rest of the committee made up of Paul Hayter, Ryan Stratton, Juan Carlos and Aisha Eckford-Soper.

    Commercial

    The membership card scheme will be continued this season for both senior and youth members. The current sponsors will hopefully be retained as well as new businesses added. Again it is imperative players use the cards at every opportunity to enable us to retain and attract further sponsorship.

    Players bringing in over £200 sponsorship for the season will be excused their annual membership subscription.

    Youth

    This season the youth section will have 25 teams, up from last seasons 21. The committee agreed that we need to increase the links between youth and adult, with that in mind from Under 16 up will be invited to attend pre-season training and under 17 upwards will be offered the chance to sign on and play for the senior sides as well as their youth teams.

    The higher age groups will also have senior players aid with selected training sessions to increase the familiarity with senior players.

    Facilities

    The club will be painted inside and outside at the end of June over a weekend and a few evenings too. The floor will be redone and the aim is to install new lighting. The ladies toilets will also be completely refitted.