• 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

    A.M.Y FC 2 – 1 Reigate Priory (Saturday 15th September 2018)

    Reigate Priory travelled to Kingston to face A.M.Y FC (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth FC) on Saturday. On a bobbly surface, they struggled to play any real football and found themselves one nil down midway though the first half when the ball was crossed low to the far post for Saeed Ahmad to turn the ball in unmarked from close range. Rashid Khan doubled A.M.Y’s lead on the half hour mark when he skipped past Andrew Georgiades and curled the ball into the far corner from just inside the penalty box. Priory started the second half more positively and although they rode their luck at the back a few times pulled a goal back midway through the half when Alex Frullini converted a penalty after being fouled himself by two converging home team players. Skipper Cappa Hughes volleyed against the crossbar late on but Priory failed to record their first points of the season. Encouragingly, fans’ favourite; James Bolton returned to action for the final ten minutes after almost a year on the sidelines through injury. This Saturday Reigate Priory are at home to Westminster Casuals.
    Line Up: Halsey, Georgiades, Reid, McLaughlin, O’Keeffe, Hughes (capt), B. Johnson, Charles, Winnister, Frullini, Rose SUBS: Osei, Bolton

  • West Fulham 4 – 1 Reigate Priory (8th September 2018)

    Reigate Priory travelled to West Fulham for their first game of the season in the South Eastern Combination League Division One, having been relegated from the Surrey Elite League last season. The Reigate side struggled to get the ball down and play on a small pitch that was of a standard poorer than they had become accustomed to playing on, and midway through the first half Luke Reid gave the ball away on the halfway line after a bobble for West Fulham’s top marksman Tommy Harper to race clear and coolly slot past Mark Halsey for 1-0. Priory pulled level on the hour mark when a cross from Cappa Hughes was flicked on by James Long and bundled in from close range by Andrew Georgiades. But things took a turn for the worse shortly after when West Fulham broke down the right wing and put in a low cross to the back post for Matt Allen to turn in from close range. Ryan McDowell smashed in from close range to make it three and Tommy Harper added his second and his side’s fourth rounding Halsey in the Priory goal and turning into an open net. A disappointing result but it could have been more if not for a few smart saves from Priory goalkeeper Mark Halsey.

    LINE UP: Halsey, Georgiades, Reid, Johnson, McLaughlin, Hughes (captain), Walker, Charles, Winnister, O’Keeffe, Rose. Subs: Long, Roberts
    MAN OF THE MATCH: Mark Halsey

    Reigate Priory 3 – 3 AFC Ewell (1st September 2018)

    Reigate Priory hosted AFC Ewell at Netherne Sports Ground in their final pre-season friendly; the visitors having finished mid-table in the division below Priory last season. Michael Winnister put the home side ahead with a beautifully executed lob volley from outside the box midway through the first half; a half that Priory largely controlled and were rarely troubled at the back in. Shane O’Keeffe doubled Priory’s lead early in the second half with a low, early hit drive from a narrow angle but just as it looked like the Reigate side were going to cruise to victory they gave away a soft goal with a cross cannoning of Andrew Georgiades’ knee providing the Ewell striker with a simple free header from close range. However, midway through the first half the lively Shane O’Keeffe arrowed a speculative drive from 45 yards which seemed to catch the away goalkeeper off guard and flew high into the net to make it 3-1. But again, the two goal cushion was short-lived as moments later James Leask was dispossessed on the edge of the box and the forward went past him and guided his shot past Halsey for 3-2. Priory absorbed a lot of pressure and looked like they had done enough for victory but were undone by a long diagonal ball from the goalkeeper into the right wing position for the lively Archie Gibbs to beat two players and slot past Halsey for a last minute equaliser. A disappointing result with some encouraging signs, but Priory will need to kill off teams in their first season in Surrey South Eastern Combination Division One this season if they are to do well. Reigate Priory are away to West Fulham in their first league games of the season on Saturday 8th September.

    TEAM LINE UP/SQUAD: Halsey, Leask, Georgiades, Morley, Munoz Martinez, Hughes (capt), Walker, Woolsey, Charles, Winnister, O’Keeffe

  • Reigate Priory 5 – 1 TD Shipley (18th August 2018)

    Reigate Priory hosted TD Shipley of the West Sussex Premier League on Saturday 18th August at Netherne Sports Ground and went one nil down after just five minutes when Ben Wilson beat debutant goalkeeper; Josh Crawford to the ball to turn into an empty net; Crawford’s debut was cut short when he limped off moments later and was replaced by regular number one; Mark Halsey. Priory equalised on the quarter hour mark when Joe Charles skilfully and accurately guided the ball just inside the post from just inside the box. The sides went into the break level. Priory came out of the blocks fastest and moved the ball swiftly to the delight of manager Dale Wyatt and their slick passing and movement was soon rewarded with Ollie Rose scoring a powerful header from a corner. Alex Frullini added the third with a close range header at the far post. Ollie Rose added a fourth and the teenager rounded off his hattrick with a sublime diving header late on. Priory may have scored more, but Joe Charles failed to convert when one on one with the Shipley goalkeeper. The Reigate side’s dominance was only marred by a late consolation goal; Josh Wells slotting past Halsey from close range after intercepting a risky pass from Kyle Jordan at left back to Dave McLaughlan at centre back. A great performance and result for Priory with several players unavailable and some very strong performances from players coming into the first team.


    LINE UP/SQUAD: Crawford, Halsey, McCormack, Georgiades, Jordan, McNerney, Hughes (capt), Walker, Woolsey, Charles, O’Keefe, Rose, Frullini, Parsons.


    New Training Times

    Training is now just once a week and will take place between 19.00 – 21.00 on Thursdays, commencing 6th September 2018, at Reigate School, Pendleton Rd, Reigate, RH2 7NT. Please note that the surface is old astrotuf, so astro trainers are advised.

  • Reigate Priory Vets 2 – 1 Michael Hulf XI (19th August 2018)

    Sunday 19th August saw the third charity match in four years organised by Michael Hulf of Michael Hulf Photography, raising money for Parkinson’s UK and the Mark Lay Foundation. Michael Hulf XI entertained Reigate Priory Vets at Dorking Wanderers FC’s new £8m Meadowbank facility. Dave Mizon put Priory ahead after a quarter of an hour with a low strike from a narrow angle and their lead should have been doubled when Man of the Match Stuart Jones headed against the post from close range. Priory created several chances, including a Craig Wheeler chip that hit the bar, before Dale Wyatt finally doubled the Reigate side’s lead with a well-placed shot from just inside the box. Priory changed all ten outfield players at half-time and were under pressure for most of the second half. Mark Halsey saved well from Fil Soares and Liam Cox midway through the second half and the Hulf XI failed to capitalise on several opportunities, whilst all Priory could muster was a wild blaze over the bar from Nathan Phillips. Priory held on to their two goal lead until the 89th minute when George Hyde’s curling shot from just outside the box nestled just inside the post to set up a frantic finale. The Reigate side managed to hold on for a 2-1 victory and all enjoyed most post-match pizza courtesy of Michael Hulf XI shirt sponsors; Domino’s.

    Reigate Priory 1 – 4 Oxted (11th August 2018)

    Reigate Priory hosted Oxted at Netherne on Saturday 11th August. Priory had comfortably beaten their opponents in pre-season last year and were quietly confident of a repeat performance against a team playing a division below them this season.

    James Long put the home side one nil up early on when he coolly slotted past the young goalkeeper when one on one. Priory almost doubled their lead midway through the first half when a short corner routine led to Jason Woolsey’s powerful drive cannoning off the upright and across the face of the goal to safety.

    Scott Johnson saved Priory blushes shortly after by clearing off the line after Halsey partially saved, but the lead was short-lived as an Oxted player drove at the Priory defence and hit a twenty-five yard screamer in the top corner that left Halsey no chance.

    Early in the second half a well-executed lob put the away side in front, followed shortly after by a deflected shot in a crowded box after Priory failed to clear their lines from a corner.

    Late on the Reigate side’s misery was compounded when a clearance from Halsey was charged down by the Oxted forward and his strike partner reacted quickest to turn the ball into an empty net. Priory had plenty of shots at goals but none that really troubled the visiting goalkeeper. A disappointing result for Priory; 1-4, but one positive, was the debut of young full-back Cole Popper; a product of Dorking Wanderers academy .

    Line Up/Squad: Halsey, Leask, Reid, Johnson, Popper, Hughes (capt.), Long, Winnister, Charles, McLaughlin, Woolsey, Osei, Saurombe.