• 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 :

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

    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.

  • A team league table – 10th December 2011

    Redhill & District Saturday Football League
    Division Three
    2011 – 2012

    Games Played Games Won Games Drawn Games Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
    Woodmansterne Hyde Reserves 18 16 0 2 65 11 +54 48
    Kingswood Falcons 18 13 2 3 56 29 +27 41
    Horley AFC 18 10 3 5 43 29 +14 33
    Tatsfield Rovers 18 10 1 7 35 26 +9 31
    Stanley Park Athletic 18 5 5 8 43 58 -15 20
    Wallington 18 5 4 9 51 40 +11 19
    Overton Athletic 18 5 3 10 27 47 -20 18
    Reigate Priory ‘A’ 18 4 4 10 26 45 -19 16
    RH123 Athletic ‘A’ 18 4 4 10 27 54 -27 16
    Limpsfield Blues Reserves 18 3 4 11 27 61 -34 13

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    Visit the Redhill & District Saturday Football League Division Three page on Goalrun for the full league table and more stats.

    A team stats – Overton Athletic away

    Si Davies celebrates the end of his best playing days his 30th birthday by picking up the Man of the Match award for the A team game away to Overton Athletic (match report). Full stats for the season can be found on the A team page.

    Name Rating
    Si Davies 6.4
    Danny Roberts 6.3
    Aaron Lawrence 6.3
    Matt Penn 6.2
    Will Harries 6.2
    Wes Green 6.0
    Steve Gardner 6.0
    Marc Connolly 5.9
    Jon Braund 5.9
    Sean Doyle 5.9
    Peter Jowitt 5.8
    Dave Hall 5.7
    Tim Austin 5.7
    Ben Vezza 5.3
  • ‘A’ Team Match Report: Reigate Priory ‘A’ 0-5 Overton Athletic

    Priory travelled to Sutton this week for the reverse of the 6-2 home win over Overton Athletic on the second day of the season. Priory were confident of picking up something from the game given Overton’s recent poor run of results and the strength of the side they put out. Luckily there was no reserve team fixture this week so replacements were readily available for the raft of missing A team players. Had the referee turned up for the match, the game might have got under way on time, however, this wasn’t to be. The game finally got under way with one of the Overton subs foregoing his place on the bench to officiate the game.

    Priory decided to stick with the 4-5-1 system that had served them well in recent weeks with 5 points collected from the last 9 available. Marc Connolly maintained his place in goal with Steve Gardner and Dave Hall at centre half. Tim Austin looked to continue his decent run of performances at left back. Si Davis came into the side at right back for the absent Lee Wilmot. Aaron Lawrence returned to the side to provide support for the midfield and defence in place of Gilo, Peter Jowitt lined up in front of Aaron alongside Herby who was making his first A team appearance for 3 weeks. Ben Vezza was switched out to the right hand side in the absence of Martin Baxter and Wes Green returned to the side in the left midfield role. Sean Doyle again was the loan striker. John Braund, Matt Penn and Danny Roberts made up the bench.

    Again Priory started the better team in the match and moved the ball around the pitch with ease, creating the a host of half chances. Doyle went close with a volley at the back post after a deft touch from a Lawrence free kick, Jowitt continued to test the keeper, as he always does, from outside the area and even Si Davis managed to get forward to try and bend one into the top corner, but it was Overton who stuck first blood in the contest. After another sweeping passage of play from Priory a route one thump up the field from the Overton keeper exposed the back four. Overton were able to sweep the play from left to right in a matter of seconds giving Priory little time to react. The ball was rolled back towards the middle of the area were an Overton player strolled up to place the ball into the net, unopposed. Priory could have done with being tighter to their men in the build up to this goal and the tracking of runners had to be improved. Very much against the run of play Priory were behind in a game that they had controlled. A decent response was needed.

    Priory did respond to the opening goal and continued to press. Wes Green continued to play near perfect balls into the box and Herby found his way through the melee in the centre of the park with his winding runs. Lawrence tested the keeper with a couple of shots from outside the box and Doyle forced an excellent save from the keeper down to his left hand side that looked to be creeping in, but the team were unable to find the equaliser that they deserved. The first half finished 1-0 to the home side and Priory went off the field feeling hard done by as their dominance had failed to yield the goal that was deserved.

    The second half started ok for the Priory but again, they were unable to find the net. Hopes of getting back in the game early in the second half were almost dashed by a Overton free kick. The ball was met at the back post only for the cross bar to come to the rescue. This was a huge let off for Priory who wouldn’t have deserved to go 2 down. However, this seemed to be the turning point and the game began to turn against the away side. Lapses in concentration at the back and rushed play on the attack cost Priory possession and ground. Priory found themselves dealing with a number of route one long balls played into channels by the Overton back line. Having not learned from the earlier goal scare, Priory finally found themselves 2 down to a headed goal, the striker rising like a salmon on his own in the box caused the damage and doubled the home side’s lead.

    The pressure from this point on was relentless. The man advantage in midfield wasn’t providing the cover that the back four needed in order to consolidate, regroup and focus on the job of getting back in the game. This left huge gaps in the middle of the park for Overton to exploit. The defence found themselves out of position on a regular basis as they looked to fill the gaps that were appearing all over. This gave Overton the opportunity to open up the Priory defence for two simple tap ins which came after a nasty deflected goal leaving Connolly stranded.

    The game finished 5-0 to Overton. The Priory players will be desperate to forget this week’s performance, their worst result since the opening day and their worst performance of the season to date, before the Kingswood Falcons game next week. Priory seem to have missed out on the opportunity to jump to third in the league, but still have the game in hand over AFC Horley who they could leap frog with a decent result at the weekend. With AFC Horley the final opponents of the calendar year, the week before Christmas, Priory will be searching for a quick response to this week’s poor performance.

    ‘A’ Team Match Report: Reigate Priory ‘A’ 1-1 Limpsfield Blues Reserves

    Priory returned to league action in the Priory Park in a mid table clash with Limpsfield Blues Reserves. Limpsfield sat just four points behind Priory in the table having played a game more, but Priory knew anything but a result would close the gap between the top and bottom halves of the table.

    Marc Connolly returned in goal with Gus Milne stepping up to the reserves. The back four remained largely unchanged but Steve Gardner returned for the absent Luke smith. Tim Austin, Dave hall and Lee Wilmot retained their positions. Gilo continued to sit in front of the back four with Jowitt further forward. Paul Hayter joined Jowitt in the middle of midfield this week. Ben Vezza and Martin Baxter were wide once again and Sean Doyle slotted in as the target man. John Braund and James ‘Conner’ Richardson warmed the bench.

    The game started very well for the Priory. They enjoyed large amounts of possession and created the odd chance to test the keeper. Vezza and Baxter were creating havoc with their runs down the wings, the ball was being flicked on and played into channels by Doyle and Jowitt showed his continued improvement in fitness by getting up to support the forward line well, often running past Doyle to continue building the attacks. Only Priory’s final ball was proving the sticking point.

    Gilo, Gardner and Hall worked well as a defensive unit to break up play which gave Wilmot and Austin the licence to push on and provide support to the wide men. Hayter was also working hard in the middle and regularly made himself available.

    Priory made the constant pressure of the opening 30 minutes count with a firm stab from two yards by Gardner. Priory forced a corner from a hopeful ball which Vezza duly stepped up to take. The ball was whipped in with some venom towards the penalty spot. Gardner rose well and won the initial ball. His goal bound header was blocked on the line and fell to the feet of those in the six yard box. Gardner reacted quickly and lunged to poke the ball into the net. Priory took a well deserved lead and turned their set piece fortunes around. Vezza provided a delightful cross, which he continued to do throughout the game, showing a significant improvement in this department.

    Priory continued to press towards the closing stages of the first half and forced a number of corners and throw-ins deep inside the Limpsfield half, but were unable to extend their lead. The first half finished 1-0.

    Priory were pleased with their first half performance and their dominance in the game through the 4-5-1 system was clear as the away side had to adjust their own formation to match Priory in the centre of the park. Limpsfield also opted for a 4-5-1 formation. This created problems for the Priory forward line who were unable to create as many chances as in the first half, the Limpsfield holding midfielder provided the required cover for the back four and the ball wouldn’t stick up top for any meaningful period. Priory did have the odd chance to put the game to bed early in the second half however and when Vezza was played through on goal, he looked certain to score. But his effort was blazed high and wide from inside the penalty box without troubling the keeper.

    The change in formation provided a solid base for Limpsfield to build and the offensive passages of play switch ends. Priory were under pressure from a relentless Limpsfield side who pumped the ball forward from the back on a number of occasions. They were eventually award with the equaliser after a shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the path of the Limpsfield striker who was able to turn and shoot in the box, his effort beating Connolly. Despite the linesmen’s flag being raised for offside from the initial shot, the referee in his wisdom was somehow able to over rule his assistant from his ideal vantage point somewhere outside the centre circle. Connolly was called into action in the closing stages and produced a fine save to his right hand side, firmly palmed the ball to safety.

    Priory attempted to change their formation to 4-4-2 in a bid to turn the game in their favour however no real goal scoring opportunity arose for either side in the closing 10 minutes of the game.

    The tie finished 1-1. The Priory players were disappointed with the result showing again how far they had come this season. Next week they will be hoping to win against Overton in the reverse of the 6-2 Priory home win earlier in the season.

    Priory will not only be looking to extend their three game unbeaten run, but also to pick up three points for the first time since the home win over Wallington, three games back. The upcoming game at Overton will mark the seventh game since their last league defeat, going back to the opening day of the season.

  • ‘A’ Team Match Report: Reigate Priory ‘A’ 1-1 RH123 ‘A’

    Reigate Priory ‘A’ travelled to Court Lodge this week for another league fixture. Their opponents were RH123 ‘A’, the team they had beaten in pre-season but who had controversially stolen 2 point from them with a last minute penalty in the reverse league fixture.

    Priory were looking to continue their decent run and to build on the excellent performance against Wallington last week. Despite the events that played out in the game, the Priory were unable to capitalise and the contest ended in a stalemate at 1-1, but unlike the previous league encounter, Priory were lucky to get a point on the day rather than hard done by.

    Gus Milne maintained his place in goal, Lee Wilmot and Luke Smith started again at right and centre back respectively. Dave Hall slotted in alongside Luke with Aaron Lawrence having been called up to the Reserves. Tim Austin was rewarded with a start at left back after two decent substitute appearances. The midfield was largely unchanged with Martin Baxter and Ben Vezza wide in a five man midfield. Gilo sat deep behind Peter Jowitt and Matt Bone. Bone dropped into midfield desperate to prove that he could perform in a new role for the team. This paved the way for Sean Doyle to return up front as the lone striker. John Braund made the step up to provide support from the bench. Will Harries and Wes Green were the only other absentees from the week before having gone up to warm the bench for the first team.

    The game started well for both sides, but each keeper had little to do in the opening exchanges. RH123 did create the odd chance, the best after a ball down the right hand side was cut back from the by-line only to be scuffed wide. Priory created their own half chances most of which fell to Jowitt on the edge of the box.

    The first 45 minutes looked to be heading for a goalless, uneventful half until a few hefty challenges resulted in an exchange of words and a coming together of players. The RH123 left back took things a step too far deciding to spit at Lee Wilmot. The referee promptly sent of the disgusting RH123 player (that will be a £50 fine and a 6 month ban, worth it?).

    Priory sensed an opportunity to win the game and make up for the result earlier in the season. The hefty challenges came thick and fast in the remaining 15 minutes of the first half as Priory enjoyed a lot of the ball. RH123 perhaps should have been reduced to nine men after another heavy challenge from their centre midfielder. However only a yellow was shown to the man who looks to have interrupted the in form Matt Bone’s season for at least a few weeks, his challenge caused Bone to roll his ankle, the swelling almost instant. Despite the possession, Priory were unable to make the one man advantage count and the first half finished 0-0.

    John Braund came on for the injured Bone, filling in at right midfield with Baxter slotting in admirably for Bone in the centre, a position unfamiliar to the wide player. Baxter did well in his new role linking with the ever available Gilo and Jowitt as well as getting forward to support Doyle. The second half resumed where the first had ended. Priory had the majority of the possession but were unable to penetrate the RH123 defence who had effectively set up two banks of four in front of their goal, deep in their half.

    RH123 had a limited number of attacks, but were able to convert a rare corner to take the lead after some very poor Priory marking. Priory found themselves behind yet again to a goal from a set piece, against the run of play. The RH123 ball winner leaped unopposed, heading the ball firmly into the ground which resulted in the ball looping over all and dropping into the goal.

    Priory knew that an embarrassing defeat awaited them unless they could snap out of the lethargic style of play and make that final ball or shot count.

    The game resumed again with Priory threatening, but unable to force a goal. Jowitt continued to pepper the goal from the edge of the box forcing the keeper to make a save which required a very strong hand. Braund also found himself with time at the back post, but was unable to hit the target. Legs were beginning to tire and Vezza superb run down the right wing and the equally as good cross rolled across the goal with out the simple touch into the goal that was required. Doyle also missed an easier header in the box from a delightful Austin cross.

    However, with only 1 minute remaining, Priory forced a corner after another decent save from the keeper down to his left hand side from a strong Baxter shot, the effort tipped agonisingly around the post. The ball was whipped into the box and the resulting passage of play represented that of a pin ball game. The ball was thumped towards goal a number of times only to be blocked and saved by the panicked RH123 defence. Eventually the keeper made what seemed to be a decent save, palming the ball towards Braund. Braund’s shot-come-cross was controlled by the super Tim Austin before being poked under the keeper for the equalising goal. Priory had rescued a point, with 30 seconds left on the clock, in a game that they would have expected to win.

    The game finished 1-1 with the Priory players disappointed with their performance and only earning a point from the game. Despite the display and the result, the feeling of disappointment in the camp shows how far the Priory side have come this season as they have the belief that they can win every game of football that they play, regardless of the opposition.

    This winning mentality will be required going forward if the team are to pick up the points required to climb the table. Priory remain in 5th place with at least 2 games in hand on most teams above them. A top three finish is still on the cards and should be the minimum target for the team.

    Next week’s encounter will see Priory travel to Limpsfield Blues for their seventh league game of the season.

    ‘A’ Team Match Report: Reigate Priory ‘A’ 3-2 Wallington

    Goals from Ben Vezza, Luke Smith and OG

    Assists from Jowitt and Bone (2)

    It has been 4 weeks since Reigate Priory ‘A’ have had a league match and after 2 defeats in cup competitions and a much needed week off last week it was time for the ‘A’s’ to focus on the league against Wallington, who they lost to 5-0 in the opening game of the season.

    With Sean Doyle the manager not available Aaron Lawrence stood in as player manager and played a new 4-5-1 system. Last time Wallington had dominated the midfield and won the match from there.

    Priory started very strongly. Matt Bone whose work rate was exceptional, defended from the top, putting their centre backs under pressure continuously, which led to Wallington attempting the long ball over the defence to their quick forward to run on to, but it was dealt with well by the back line and Gus.

    The whole team battled through the first half against a very physical Wallington, but the difference seemed to be that Priory wanted to keep the ball and play decent football. The aim was to keep the ball on the floor, exploit the wings and pace of our own wingers, Ben Vezza and Martin Baxter, who definitely did not disappoint with superb movement and energy. As the half went on the new centre midfield partnership of Jowitt and Herbie began to gel and the link play throughout the team gave Priory the belief that this match was there’s for the taking. Priory’s best opportunity came from a corner which saw Gilo hit the crossbar when the ball dropped at his feet. The first half finished 0-0.

    Priory started the second half with more confidence and it was obvious that Wallington were getting frustrated with the constant pressure and their physical presence bordered on dangerous with many players being kicked up in the air. Priory dealt with this well and continued in vain to play football and get the much deserved goals that they had threatened throughout the match.

    Priory’s first goal came from a long ball from Aaron Lawrence to Matt Bone, whose tenacity led to him having a shot blocked by the goalkeeper, then winning the ball off the defender who collected the loose ball. Bone then laid the ball off to a supporting Ben Vezza to slot home from just outside the area: 1-0! With half an hour left on the clock, both Tim Austin and Wes Green came on for Lee Wilmot and Martin Baxter. Making these substitutions were difficult as every player on the field was having a superb game, but the fresh legs just added to the desire wanted by the whole team.

    Wallington continued to make Priory work for their victory and got back into the match by hitting the ball low through a crowd of defenders. Gus saw this late and could not react as it went in just under him, but Priory were not going to be disheartened by this.

    The second goal came from a free kick that was won by Wes out wide on the right, just outside the area, Pete Jowitt lined up the delivery and Luke Smith made a late run into the area towards the front post, as directed by Aaron. He was not picked up and Jowitt placed the ball right onto his head which he flicked past the keeper into the net: 2-1.

    Priory’s focus had slightly changed now and the aim was to keep the lead for the final 15 minutes. The solid, organised defence of Tim, Dave, Aaron, Luke, and Gilo as defensive midfielder, continued making the important tackles supported by the disciplined midfield four, to see this game out. But when Wallington’s defence had the ball, Matt Bone continually put the pressure on. The third goal came from a defensive mistake which saw a defender slice a clearance and it dropped kindly into the net: 3-1.

    With about 7 minutes to go Priory were under pressure as Wallington used their best asset, their lightning quick forward and managed to put him through. Aaron struggled to keep up with him and accidentally took him out in the area for a penalty. The same forward took the penalty and put it into the bottom corner to make for a dangerous final five minutes.

    A few minutes later saw the same tactic used and Aaron was against him again. This time Aaron took ball then man but the referee saw differently and gave a free kick. Priory defended this superbly and the sense of victory seemed a lot closer!

    The final minute of the game saw Carl Giles taken out in the opposition half and kicked in the back by the frustrated Wallington midfielder who Gilo had kept quiet throughout the match. Gilo came up arms swinging and hair thrashing, when another Wallington player threw him to the floor. The referee then sensibily decided to call full-time and Priory had won this intense battle.

    Every player contributed to this vital win and picking a man of the match is going to be near impossible task. Where will the returning Sean Doyle and Steve Gardner fit in next week?