• 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

  • Reigate Priory 3 – 5 Old Rutlishians (13th October 2018)

    On Saturday Reigate Priory hosted last year’s title winners Old Rutlishians at Park Lane and found themselves in for a tough match early on. The visitors went ahead after fifteen minutes when the league’s leading goalscorer Chris Beard swivelled and finished neatly in the corner from inside the box, moments later their lead was doubled when Zak Graham picked out the top corner with a superb powerful drive from just outside the box. Things got worse for the Reigate side when Duncan Fraser headed in from a corner to make it three on the half hour mark. But Priory fought back and earned a penalty which was coolly dispatched by Alex Frullini and moments later in the dying seconds of the first half Priory were awarded another penalty. This time responsibility was given to Max Roberts who calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to reduce the deficit to 2-3 at the break. Priory were fast out of the blocks in the second half and pulled level within ten seconds of the re-start when a long ball into the box was taken down by Alex Frullini who finished from a narrow angle for his fifth goal of the season. However a quick clever freekick on the hour mark saw Zak Graham get behind the wall and smash past Halsey in the home goal for his second of the game, putting his side 4-3 up. With fifteen minutes remaining, Priory failed to clear from a corner which enabled Chris Beard to finish from close range grabbing his second of the game and seventh of the season to seal a 5-3 victory for Old Rutlishians. The result leaves Reigate Priory at the bottom of the division and they visit Forestdale at Warlingham this Saturday.

    LINE UP: Halsey, McInerney, Reid, Jordan, Osei, Hughes (capt), Winnister, Johnson, Long, Frullini, Roberts SUBS: Charles, O’Keeffe, Wyatt

    Tooting Bec Reserves 4 – 0 Reigate Priory (Saturday 6th October 2018)

    Reigate Priory travelled to Mitcham to play Tooting Bec Reserves on their 3G surface and the home side started strongly hitting the post twice early on, although it should have been Priory that went ahead when Alex Frullini’s low cross to the far post had been turned in by Max Roberts but the ball was adjudged to have not crossed the line, despite strong protest from the Reigate side (and Tristan Davies on the sidelines!).  But it was a brace of headers from Jonathan Ogidi later in the first half that put the Reigate side two down at the break. Matthew Gody’s glancing header on the hour mark sealed the victory and Pete Stone’s close-range finish late on after goalkeeper Halsey parried was the icing on the cake for a well-organised Tooting Bec side. Shane O’Keefe had a chance for a late consolation goal but shot wide when well placed. The 4-0 result leaves Reigate Priory bottom of the league and this Saturday they host last year’s champions Old Rutlishians at Park Lane, Reigate.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Long, Watts, Parsons, Osei, Hughes (capt), Caffyn, Winnister, Frullini, Charles, Roberts SUBS: Wyatt, Saurombe, O’Keeffe


  • Reigate Priory 3 – 4 Oxted & District (AET) Saturday 29th September 2018

    Reigate Priory hosted Oxted & District in the Surrey South Eastern Combination Senior League Cup for their first game of the season at their main home ground on Park Lane, Reigate. The home side could have been two down inside fifteen minutes but Man of the Match Mark Halsey saved superbly from a Buster Hoy curling shot and a close range header from Billy Stagg and failed to really produce much at the other end, but made it to the break at 0-0. Priory came out of the blocks quickly and within three minutes of the re-start, Shane O’Keeffe won a header from a corner and James Long was sharpest to react to turn the ball in. However, within a minute Oxted had pulled level with a close-range finish from a low cross. Priory continued to battle and Alex Frullini finished well after the away goalkeeper had saved well from James Long’s strike. Scott Johnson made a superb goal line clearance but was given his marching orders late on for dissent and just as Priory looked set to advance to the next round they conceded a header with literally the last touch of the game from a controversially awarded corner. In the first half of extra time, Alex Frullini coolly slotted past the goalkeeper when through on goal putting Priory ahead for the third time with his second goal of the game but a defensive lapse just a minute later and another header from a corner midway through the second half saw the Reigate fall behind for the first time. Liam Watts nearly equalised in the dying seconds but Oxted held on to advance to the second round.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Georgiades, Watts, Chigumbura, S Johnson, Hughes (capt), B Johnson, Long, Charles, Frullini, O’Keeffe SUBS: Walker, Winnister, McInerney
    MOTM: Halsey

    Reigate Priory 1 – 3 Westminster Casuals (22nd September 2018)

    Reigate Priory hosted Westminster Casuals on Saturday at their second home ground; Netherne Community Amateur Sports Club. Despite being the better team for most of the first half, they found themselves two nil down at half time, conceding two goals within the space of a few minutes just after the half hour mark. Firstly Jonny Cardy, found himself unmarked, to head home from close range and David Maunsell double Westminster’s lead with an accurate low drive into the bottom corner through a crowded box after Priory failed to properly clear the ball from a corner. Assistant Coach, Andy Whittall was sent off for dissent and the Reigate side’s misery may have been compounded had they gone further behind before the break, a smart double save from Priory goalkeeper Mark Halsey preventing this. Priory pulled a goal back midway through the second half when Bradley Johnson received a short corner and clipped a cross to the far post that Dave McLaughlin headed in. But just as Priory seemed to be in the ascendency, they gave away a contentious corner and whilst they protested at the referee failed to pick up men and allowed Chris Powell a free header which he powered in from seven yards. Westminster also hit the crossbar with a 25 yard strike late on and held on for three points. This Saturday, Reigate Priory are at home (Park Lane, Reigate) to Oxted & District in the League Cup.
    LINE UP: Halsey, Leask, McLaughlin, Chigs, Watts, Hughes (capt), Johnson B, Charles, Frullini, Long, O’Keeffe. SUBS: Walker, Johnson S, Rose.
    MAN OF THE MATCH: Dave McLaughlin