• 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.

  • Reserve team match report: Reigate Priory Reserves 1-0 Coulsdon Town Reserves

    The reserves season has so far been very successful, unbeaten in the league and numerous clean sheets and after last week’s rest and losing in the cup the week before that it was time to keep the league form going and beat a team they had narrowly beat earlier in the season.

    With two late call ups Priory were down to the bare 11, a strong 11 but still we all knew it was going to be a tough match.  The Ressies lined up with Colin in goal, Mike RB, Tom G LB, Dave Mc and Nick CB, Aaron and Tom B CM, Wes RM, Dave W LM and Matt K and Pete Stone STR who was protecting a weak ankle.

    The game started with a huge amount of Coulsdon pressure but the resilience of the Priory team gave the Coulsdon team no time to settle and was first to nearly every 50/50. Once the first 10 minutes had been played Priory began to get familiar with their positions and jobs for the match and started getting into the game.

    Once the pre match gitters had gone Priory realised this was a match for the taking. The players were winning most of their 50/50’s and the defence with Colin behind were compact and giving the opposition no opportunities to take the lead. Once Priory got the ball it was clear they wanted to keep it and the possession football being played and the building of play up the pitch showed why Reigate Priory had this superb unbeaten run and tight defence.

    Priory took the lead in the 25 minute after pressing Coulsdon high up the pitch, the ball was blocked just inside the Coulsdon area and Dave Williams, like all good goal scorers do picked up the loose ball beat a defender and struck it with venom into the near bottom corner, The pace of the strike meant that the keeper got a hand to it but could not keep it out.

    The energy and effort from the Priory players continued throughout the half and even when Coulsdon were in good goal scoring areas there were excellent interceptions from every member of the back line or top saves from Colin stopped them getting back into it. The whole team had done more running and battled more than before and deserved the lead at half time.

    The team talk was pretty much ‘Superb effort guys, now more of the same!’  and that is how the second half was fought. Coulsdon upped their work rate for the first 15 minutes and one of the Coulsdon subs did break away from the priory defence but again the solid GK Colin stood up and made himself big and saved an excellent opportunity. Priory continued to want the ball, again the possession side of Priory’s play was strong, Priory continued to look like scoring and Pete Stone carved a number of 1 on 1 opportunities which on any other day could had lead to a couple of goals.

    At around the 60th minute the Coulsdon side began to tire and Priory’s dedication and efforts did not change, even when they brought on fresh legs Priory managed the changes well. Even Tom Buckley who had not played for 5 months was sprinting 40 yards to close down the opposition this late into the game.  Matt Keeling was also on top form in this game, always pressuring the back line to make mistakes and making a huge nuisance of himself. When your captain is showing a work ethic like that it spreads quickly throughout the team.

    Priory continued to defend solidly with Aaron winning numerous tackles in the midfield, but when the Coulsdon team did break through the Priory defence did not look like being breached, they were fantastic throughout the match.

    The match came to a close with Priory winning 1-0, a victory they thoroughly deserved and had earned the hard way. Every player walked off that pitch proud of their close win and knowing that we are 1 win away from being upbeaten into the New Year.

    Priory reserves now sit top of the Surrey Elite reserve league 2 points clear with a game or 2 in hand. If the work ethic of this match continues then this run will continue no doubt.

  • Reserve team league table – 29th October 2011

    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division
    As after fixtures of 29th October 2011

    P W D L F A Pts
    1 Reigate Priory Reserves 5 5 0 0 13 4 15
    2 Horsley Reserves 6 4 2 0 13 6 14
    3 Ripley Village Reserves 6 4 1 1 17 8 13
    4 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 6 3 1 2 13 9 10
    5 Abbey Rangers Reserves 7 3 1 3 15 12 10
    6 Epsom Athletic Reserves 6 3 0 3 18 16 9
    7 Virginia Water Reserves 6 2 3 1 8 6 9
    8 Crescent Rovers Reserves 6 1 0 5 8 20 6
    9 Coulsdon Town Reserves 6 2 1 3 12 11 4
    10 Bletchingley Reserves 7 0 2 5 7 23 2
    11 Oxted & District Reserves 5 0 1 4 4 13 1

    Visit the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League page on Mitoo for the full league table and more stats.

    Saturday, 03 September 2011: [+3 points] Crescent Rovers Reserves 0 v 4 Coulsdon Town Reserves [-3 points]

    Reserve team league table – 1st October 2011

    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division
    As after fixtures of 1st October 2011

    P W D L F A Pts
    1 Ripley Village Reserves 4 3 1 0 12 2 10
    2 Reigate Priory Reserves 3 3 0 0 8 2 9
    3 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 3 2 1 0 8 2 7
    4 Horsley Reserves 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
    5 Abbey Rangers Reserves 4 2 1 1 7 6 7
    6 Epsom Athletic Reserves 4 2 0 2 11 12 6
    7 Virginia Water Reserves 4 1 2 1 4 5 5
    8 Coulsdon Town Reserves 4 1 1 2 7 7 4
    9 Bletchingley Reserves 4 0 1 3 4 11 1
    10 Oxted & District Reserves 3 0 0 3 0 7 0
    11 Crescent Rovers Reserves 4 0 0 4 5 17 0

    Visit the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League page on Mitoo for the full league table and more stats.

  • Reserve team league table – 24th September 2011

    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division
    As after fixtures of 24th September 2011

    P W D L F A Pts
    1 Ripley Village Reserves 3 2 1 0 8 1 7
    2 Abbey Rangers Reserves 3 2 1 0 6 3 7
    3 Horsley Reserves 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
    4 Reigate Priory Reserves 2 2 0 0 5 2 6
    5 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 2 1 1 0 5 1 4
    6 Coulsdon Town Reserves 4 1 1 2 7 7 4
    7 Virginia Water Reserves 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
    8 Epsom Athletic Reserves 3 1 0 2 8 10 3
    9 Bletchingley Reserves 3 0 1 2 2 8 1
    10 Oxted & District Reserves 2 0 0 2 0 4 0
    11 Crescent Rovers Reserves 3 0 0 3 4 13 0

    Visit the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League page on Mitoo for the full league table and more stats.

    Reserve team league table – 17th September 2011

    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division
    As after fixtures of 17th September 2011

    P W D L F A Pts
    1 Horsley Reserves 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
    2 Ripley Village Reserves 2 1 1 0 4 1 4
    3 Virginia Water Reserves 2 1 1 0 3 0 4
    4 Abbey Rangers Reserves 2 1 1 0 5 3 4
    5 Coulsdon Town Reserves 3 1 1 1 7 6 4
    6 Reigate Priory Reserves 1 1 0 0 4 2 3
    7 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
    8 Bletchingley Reserves 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
    9 Oxted & District Reserves 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
    10 Epsom Athletic Reserves 2 0 0 2 2 7 0
    11 Crescent Rovers Reserves 2 0 0 2 1 7 0

    Visit the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League Reserve Division page on Mitoo for the full league table and more stats.

  • Updated: Pre-season Friendlies Confirmed

    Matches confirmed to date:

    Saturday 23rd July:

    Old Dorkinians 1 – 1 Reigate Priory 1st Team

    Old Dorkinians 0 – 9 Reigate Priory Res

    Saturday 30th July:

    FG Galaxy 1 – 4 Reigate Priory 1st Team

    Reigate Priory Res 1 – 2 Reigate Priory Res XI

    Saturday 6th August:

    Ashtead FC 4 – 1 Reigate Priory 1st Team

    Ashtead FC Res 0 – 0 Reigate Priory Res

    Reigate Priory A 4 – 2 Reigate Priory B

    Saturday 13th August:

    Reigate Priory 1st Team 0 – 1 Project Clapham

    Reigate Priory Res 2 – 2 Carshalton

    Reigate Priory A 3 – 0 Reigate Priory B

    Saturday 20th August:

    Reigate Priory A 3 – 1 RH123 ‘A’

    Reigate Priory B 2 – 5 AFC Redhill

    Saturday 27th August:

    Reigate Priory Res v Old Dorkinians A (Dorking, 3pm)

    Reigate Priory A v Overton Athletic (Court Lodge, 1pm)

    Reigate Priory B v Cherry Lane (Court Lodge, 2.30pm)

    Saturday 3rd September:

    Reigate Priory Res v Chipstead ‘A’ (Court Lodge, 2.30pm)

    Reigate Priory A v Charlwood Reserves (Court Lodge, 1pm)

    Reigate Priory B v Frenches Athletic Res (Walfields, 4pm)

    Saturday 10th September:

    Reigate Priory Res v Charlwood (Oriel High School – Maidenbower, 3pm)

    Reigate Priory A v Merstham B (Court Lodge, 1pm)

    Reigate Priory B v Oxted & District ‘A’ (Court Lodge, 2.3opm)

    2010-11 – Reserves final league table

    Final league table for 2010-11

    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division

    P W D L F A Pts
    1 Hersham Elm Grove Reserves 26 20 3 3 81 32 60
    2 Coulsdon United Reserves 26 17 2 7 65 41 53
    3 Epsom Athletic Reserves 26 15 6 5 75 49 51
    4 Crescent Rovers Reserves 26 14 4 8 84 50 49
    5 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 26 12 6 8 58 40 42
    6 Bletchingley Reserves 26 12 3 11 42 42 39
    7 Ripley Village Reserves 26 11 3 12 54 55 39
    8 Virginia Water Reserves 26 10 7 9 46 33 37
    9 Tongham Reserves 26 10 4 12 41 56 34
    10 Burpham Reserves 26 10 3 13 58 49 33
    11 Reigate Priory Reserves 26 10 2 14 38 64 32
    12 Horsley Reserves 26 5 6 15 35 69 21
    13 Croydon Greenside Reserves 26 7 2 17 44 73 20
    14 Oxted & District Reserves 26 3 1 22 20 88 10

    Saturday, 04 September 2010: [-3 points] Croydon Greenside Reserves 2 v 0 Ripley Village Reserves [+3 points] Saturday, 29 January 2011: Hersham Elm Grove Reserves v Bletchingley Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 19 March 2011: Bletchingley Reserves v Horsley Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 26 March 2011: Virginia Water Reserves v Crescent Rovers Reserves – Away Win was awarded
    Saturday, 02 April 2011: [+3 points] Crescent Rovers Reserves 2 v 4 Hersham Elm Grove Reserves [-3 points]
    Saturday, 16 April 2011: Crescent Rovers Reserves v Virginia Water Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 23 April 2011: Tongham Reserves v Bletchingley Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 23 April 2011: Croydon Greenside Reserves v Battersea Ironsides Reserves – Away Win was awarded
    Saturday, 23 April 2011: Epsom Athletic Reserves v Virginia Water Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 30 April 2011: Tongham Reserves v Croydon Greenside Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 07 May 2011: Coulsdon United Reserves v Tongham Reserves – Home Win was awarded
    Saturday, 07 May 2011: Croydon Greenside Reserves v Epsom Athletic Reserves – Away Win was awarded