• Reigate Priory 3 – 3 Frenches Athletic (Saturday 6th April 2019)

    Reigate Priory 3 – 3 Frenches Athletic

    Reigate Priory faced local rivals Frenches Athletic at home on Saturday in their final game of the season, looking to avenge a heavy 7-0 defeat earlier in the season and although Priory started brightly they went behind midway through the first half when a low cross was turned in from close range via the post. Frenches doubled their lead when George Johnson finished from close range moments later and Adam Hilton went past stranded goalkeeper Mark Halsey and fired in just before the break to leave Priory three down. But Shane O’Keeffe pulled one back early in the second half to give Priory hope and when Jason Woolsey grabbed his sixth goal in eight games from close range midway through the second half, a comeback looked on the cards. Dave McLaughlin’s twenty yard drive late on secured his side a point and the man of the match award but James Leask might have earned his side all three points when he blazed over when well placed late on. A point could be enough to keep Priory up but is dependent on results elsewhere in the coming weeks.

    LINE UP: Halsey (capt), McLaughlin, Johnson S, Wilkinson, Eldridge, Hughes, Davies, Johnson B, Woolsey, Long, O’Keeffe SUBS: Winnister, Saurombe, Leask.
    MOTM: McLaughlin

    Reigate Priory 2 – 1 West Fulham (Saturday 30th March 2019)

    Reigate Priory hosted West Fulham at Park Lane in a must-win game, in their fight to avoid relegation. The home side rode their luck in the first half, West Fulham having a goal disallowed, teenage fullback Harry Wilkinson hitting his own bar in a crowded box and Mark Halsey saving well in a one on one situation. But it was the home side that took the lead shortly after the break when debutant Tom Davies’ shot fell kindly for Jason Woolsey to fire past the goalkeeper from just inside the box. But the away side equalised within a minute when Dan Lewis bullied the Priory defence and his close range effort deflected off Harry Wilkinson and into the net. But Priory grabbed a late winner when Shane O’Keeffe intercepted the goalkeeper’s clearance and squared to Jason Woolsey to turn in from close range and secure the Reigate side a valuable three points. Priory host local rivals Frenches Athletic at home in their final game of the season this Saturday and a win should give them real hope of survival.

    Line Up: Halsey, Wilkinson, Watts, McLaughlin, Eldridge, Hughes (captain), Davies, Johnson B, O’Keeffe, Woolsey, Long. SUBS: Westley, Carter

  • Reigate Priory 2 -1 Hanworth Sports (Saturday 2nd March 2019)

    Reigate Priory hosted mid-table Hanworth Sports on Saturday at Park Lane hoping to avenge the heavy loss suffered in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Priory rode their luck early on, Mark Halsey twice saving well and when a downward header that seemed destined for the goal bounced off the crossbar to safety, luck seemed to be on their side and it was the Reigate side that took the lead ten minutes before half time when Shane O’Keeffe’s overhit through ball bounced up and over the visiting goalkeeper in bizarre fashion. Midway through the second half Hanworth equalised with a shot from just inside the box that came through a crowd of players and nestled in the corner. With ten minutes remaining, O’Keeffe’s goalbound header was handled and the referee pointed to the spot. The penalty was duly despatched by skipper, Bradley Johnson. Priory were awarded a second penalty in injury time, but this time James Long took and the ball cannoned off the bar to safety. Three more valuable points for Reigate Priory takes them further clear of the relegation zone.

    Line Up: Halsey, Wilkinson, Johnson S, McLaughlin, Eldridge, Bolton, Winnister, Johnson B (capt), Saurombe, Long, O’Keeffe Subs: Carter, Leask

    Reigate Priory 4 – 1 Forestdale (Saturday 9th February 2019)

    Reigate Priory hosted fellow strugglers Forestdale at Park Lane on Saturday in desperate need of points and the game got off to the perfect start with captain Bradley Johnson beating his man and smashing the ball in from close range after two minutes. Johnson doubled his side’s lead when running on to a Michael Winnister through ball rounding the goalkeeper and turning into an empty net. Arnold Saurombe added a third just before half time tapping in after James Long had flicked on Dave McLaughlin’s long throw-in. Priory made certain of the points midway through the second half when a corner was flicked on by Scott Johnson and then Matt Eldridge for James Long to poke home from close range. Forestdale had a goal ruled out for offside as did Priory when James Long’s twenty yard piledriver was ruled out for offside. The visitors had a man sent off late on and won a penalty that was despatched for 4-1 despite the best attempts of veteran goalkeeper Mark Halsey. The win lifts Reigate Priory above their opponents and off the bottom of the table. Reigate Priory face high-flying A.M.Y this Saturday at Park Lane.

    Line Up: Halsey, Wilkinson, Johnson S, McLaughlin, Eldridge, Bolton, Winnister, B Johnson (capt), Thomas, Long, Saurombe. SUBS: Frullini, Rose

  • Bermondsey 3 – 3 Reigate Priory (Saturday 12th January 2019)

    Reigate Priory faced Bermondsey on a 3G artificial pitch on Saturday with both teams hovering perilously close to the relegation zone. The home side could have gone one up inside the first minute but Mark Halsey in the Priory goal saved with his feet from point blank range. But just ten minutes in and Bermondsey took the lead with a powerful close range header from their forward. The same towering forward doubled the home side’s lead midway through the first half coolly slotting the ball in off the post from just inside the box. Bradley Johnson pulled one back for Priory with a powerful twenty yard half volley on the half hour mark, but Bermondsey went in 3-1 at the break with a well struck shot high into the net. Priory had to withstand a lot of pressure and Halsey prevented the home side going further ahead with three saves in one-on-one situations. Midway through the second half Priory pulled a goal back with a free kick headed back across the box by Dave McLaughlin for Alex Frullini to head in and with ten minutes remaining Bradley Johnson’s determined mazy run ended with him squaring the ball for substitute Shane O’Keeffe to tap in from close range for the equaliser. Priory almost nicked all three points with Bradley Johnson’s curling free-kick in the dying minutes shaving the outside of the post but the Reigate side earned a well deserved point putting them another step closer to safety.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Nolan, Johnson S, McLaughlin, Walker, Hughes (capt), Winnister, Bolton, Johnson B, Frullini, Long. SUBS: O’Keeffe
    MOTM: Bradley Johnson

    Reigate Priory 0 – 4 Tooting Bec Reserves (Saturday 17th November 2018)

    Reigate Priory, on a three match unbeaten streak faced, high-flying Tooting Bec Reserves at home in the league on Saturday. Hopes of extending the run were ended early on. After a quarter of an hour the Tooting left winger got around the back of the defence and squeezed the ball in from a narrow angle. Five minutes later Liam Watts headed into his own net and moments later the young centre-back underhit a backpass that was intercepted, squared across the box and turned into the empty net. Despite being three nil down, the Reigate side showed some good signs in the early stages of the second half and Max Roberts was unlucky to have had a goal ruled out for offside. But, it was Tooting Bec that finished the game stronger and grabbed a fourth goal when Mark Halsey in the Priory goal could only parry a close range shot and the rebound was headed in for 4-0; the same scoreline as in the reverse fixture six weeks earlier.
    LINE-UP: Halsey, Osei, Watts, McLaughlin, Walker (capt), Long, McInerney, Bolton, Winnister, Frullini, Roberts. SUBS: Jordan, Nolan

  • London South West 2 – 2 Reigate Priory (Saturday 10th November 2018)

    Reigate Priory travelled to Mitcham to play London South West on Saturday on their 3G artificial pitch. In a first half of few chances it was the home side that took the lead just before the break when a corner fell kindly to their forward who powerfully volleyed in from 12 yards. Priory should have equalised within thirty seconds of the break but Dermot McInerney failed to make a firm contact on Alex Frullini’s cross. The home side may have doubled their lead midway through the second half with a curling freekick destined for the top corner that Mark Halsey just managed to tip over the bar. Shortly after the home side did double their lead with a far post header from a corner but moments later substitute Arnold Saurombe beat the goalkeeper to the ball just outside the penalty area to square to Max Roberts who turned the ball into an unguarded goal. Then, with virtually the last kick of the game, Roberts got a well-deserved equaliser when he volleyed home from close range to extend the Reigate side’s unbeaten league run to three matches and earn Priory a share of the points.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Osei, Watts, McLaughlin, Nolan, Hughes (capt), Long, Johnson, Frullini, McInerney, Roberts, SUBS: Saurombe, Winnister
    MOTM: Max Roberts

    Reigate Priory 2 – 4 Lingfield Reserves (Saturday 3rd November 2018)

    Reigate Priory hosted Lingfield Reserves in the Surrey Intermediate cup on Saturday and got off to a great start with James Long heading the home side ahead within ten minutes but Lingfield equalised shortly after through Lorenzo Lewis who fired into the corner from inside the box. Moments later the away side should have taken the lead but Joel Alexander’s close range effort was superbly saved by Mark Halsey. After twenty minutes play was stopped for Joe Charles who went off with a suspected broken arm having landed awkwardly after a tackle and was replaced by Player Manager Dale Wyatt. A superb strike from 25 yards from Joel Alexander put the away side ahead on the hour mark but Wyatt finished neatly from close range shortly after. Charlie Nash put Lingfield back ahead with a superbly taken freekick sailing over the wall into the far corner with fifteen minutes remaining and Lingfield secured victory with a harshly-awarded penalty neatly despatched by skipper; Connor Leach just a few minutes later.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Nolan, Watts, McLaughlin, Osei, Walker, Hughes (capt), Johnson, Roberts, Long, Charles (Wyatt), MOTM: Halsey

  • Balham Reserves 0 – 0 Reigate Priory (27th October 2018)

    Reigate Priory played bottom of the league Balham Reserves in Colliers Wood on Saturday in search of back-to-back to wins. The first half was one of few chances, Balham having the best chance with a freekick just missing the top corner and a powerful shot straight at Mark Halsey in the Priory goal. The second half was much of the same. Alex Frullini headed over when well placed midway through the second half and the home side should have scored themselves with a header from six yards out that went narrowly wide. But two saves in one-on-one situations from Man of the Match Mark Halsey in the closing stages earned the Reigate side a hard-fought point. This Saturday Reigate Priory host Lingfield Reserves at Park Lane in the Surrey Intermediate Cup.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Chigambura, Watts, McLaughlin, Jordan, Long, Hughes (capt), Johnson, Frullini, McInerney, Charles. SUBS. Rose, Walker
    MOTM: Halsey

    Forestdale 1 – 2 Reigate Priory (20th October 2018)

    Reigate Priory travelled to Warlingham on Saturday to face mid-table side Forestdale and the Reigate side got off to a great start when Cappa Hughes neatly finished with the outside of his boot when played in by Bradley Johnson, after just three minutes. The away side might have had more, but Alex Frullini and Max Roberts failed to hit the target when well placed. Somewhat against the run of play, Forestdale equalised with a well-taken finish from just inside the box, moments before half-time. But ten minutes into the second half and an excellent through ball from James Long saw Max Roberts round the advancing goalkeeper and turn in to net from a narrow angle. Some good defending and a few decent saves from Mark Halsey in the Priory goal in the last half hour led to Priory holding on for their first win of the season.
    LINE UP: Halsey, Watts, McLaughlin, Osei, Jordan, Long, Hughes (capt), Johnson, Frullini, Winnister, Roberts SUBS: O’Keeffe, Woolsey