• Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory FC

    Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory FC – 08/04/2017

    On a bright day at the Stag Meadow, Priory’s hopes of a third consecutive win were dashed but by no means was this a clear-cut victory for the title hopefuls Virginia Water who almost found themselves on the end of an upset on what was Priory’s concluding fixture for this season.
    Despite the absence of a number of Priory’s regular centre-halves, Smythe & Wyatt decided to stick to the 3-4-3 formation that aided the turnaround in form this season. The ever-present Scott Johnson was asked to fulfil an unfamiliar role as a left centre back whilst Fil Soares came in at left wing back.
    The game started slowly with both teams trying to settle into the game but the breakthrough came for the Waters after 10 minutes when Adam Mcnamara finished exquisitely on the half volley into the top left corner after right back Josh Hill had time to find the pass behind the left side of the Priory defence.
    It was the Waters’ number 7 Daniel Whatford who was causing problems for Priory in the first 20 minutes whose off the ball movement was causing some confusion amongst the Priory ranks. Whilst the in-form Priory centre half Dave James was doing tremendously well at keeping Ryan Curtis quiet, it wasn’t long after the 20 minute mark when he managed to find a little bit of space about 30 yards out to crash a left-footed thunderbolt against the Priory crossbar.
    It certainly wasn’t all one way traffic though as Priory grew into the game, pressed higher up and began to ask questions of the Waters defence who before this game had only conceded 1 goal in 6 games! Wing backs Soares and Walker pressed higher up and started finding spaces in the wide areas with Soares in particular producing some testing crosses. A cute flick on the outside of the left boot of Jason Woolsey split the Waters defence and saw Luke Reid get in behind, only for the spin of the ball to take him wide right of the goal and he wasn’t able to keep his first time strike under the crossbar.
    Captain Winnisters high energy assisted by the disciplined James Bolton in centre midfield was helping to transfer Priory’s attack to defence and it was him that set away Woolsey who turned and produced a clean strike from 25 yards which a lot of people thought was in including Woolsey himself but it whistled safely past the wrong side of the left post.

    The half ended Virginia Water 1-0 Reigate Priory.
    With no changes at half time, the second half started brightly with the hosts winning an early corner. The ball appeared to be controlled with an arm at the far post by a Waters player and with the ball pinging around the Priory box unable to clear, it bounced up and struck the arm of the unsuspecting Winnister which referee Childs deemed to be worthy of a penalty much to the fury of the Priory team and bench. On 49 minutes J. Hill stepped up to calmly give his side a 2 goal cushion. Virginia Water 2-0 Reigate Priory.

    A determined Priory fought back and the back line once again were in control, with the Waters who owned a lot of possession not posing a threat to Priory stopper Mark Halseys goal after the penalty. Priory were looking increasingly dangerous of the counter-attack and the Priory goal came from a nice move which started with Woolsey holding the ball, laying it off to Soares who picked the run off Winnister who with the deftest of touches used the pace of the pass the slip through Reid for 2-1.
    Cecil Thomas who was wide right for the majority of the game came inside more in the 2nd half and stated to influence the game more with some nice touches and inter-play. It was the inter-play with substitute Arnold Saurombe that created Priory’s best chance of an equaliser as a one-two set Thomas away down the right who cut in along the by-line but couldn’t quite find the angle to provide Saurombe with a tap in as it was stopped at the near post by Waters stopper Matt Jones.
    Full time Virginia Water 2-1 Reigate Priory.
    Priory will feel aggrieved that they didn’t pick up a point this game whilst Virginia Water held on to the all-important 3 points to continue their pursuit of Tooting Bec who remain 4 points clear at the top but having played 2 games more. For Priory, it was a performance to be proud of having endured a difficult season but finishing strongly with recent wins against Laleham and Yateley as well as a strong showing today against a top side will provide a much needed confidence boost moving into next season.
    Reigate Priory Team:

    1 Mark Halsey
    2 Michael Walker
    3 Filipe Soares
    4 David James
    5 Mario Prom
    6 Scott Johnson
    7 Cecil Thomas
    8 Michael Winnister (C)
    9 James Bolton
    10 Luke Reid 62′
    11 Jason Woolsey (64′ Arnold Saurombe)

    12 Arnold Saurombe (64’ Jason Woolsey)
    14 Ben Smythe
    15 Dale Wyatt

    Manager: Dale Wyatt & Ben Smythe

    Yateley United 0-4 Reigate Priory

    There were to be no fools on April 1st for the 1st team who secured back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets with this resounding win over Hampshire based Yateley United.

    Priory lined up in their familiar 3-4-3 formation with a new look back line following a number of absentees whilst Yateley appeared to play a 4-5-1 formation.

    Unsurprisingly on a heavy and boggy pitch in strong winds between two of the leagues struggling sides the game got off to a scrappy start and both teams were struggling to gain a foothold in the game with Yateley presenting most of the attacking intent in the first 20 minutes.

    Having struggled to adapt to the conditions it was Mario Prom who took control and initiated a nice passing move down the right hand side for Priory which seemed to inspire a newfound confidence amongst the rest of the team. Now getting the ball down on the deck and controlling possession better, Priory began to utilize the pace of young Aaron Taylor down the left hand side who had the beating of his man. Luke Reid and captain Michael Winnister were working tirelessly in midfield to break up the 3 central midfielders of Yateley whilst trying to get up to support front man James Bolton in the box when Taylor was getting to the byline but to no avail as the crosses just didn’t seem to connect.

    What seemed to be the breakthrough came in the 35th minute from the Priory right hand side when a testing diagonal cross found its way to the forward pressing wing-back Scott Johnson who slotted in calmly only to be denied by the offside flag. Up the other end Yateley were finding space in between the lines but with Priory centre back David James doing a fine job of man-marking the powerful Yateley forward Brad Smith they sometimes seemed lost for ideas when coming up against the resilient Priory back 3.

    At half time there was only one change for Priory as James Bolton moved from his central forward position to his more natural position of centre midfield allowing the pacey Luke Reid to push up top and support the effective Aaron Taylor on the counter attack.

    This change immediately paid off and Priory found themselves 1-0 up within 4 minutes of the 2nd half. Taylor was played through only to be brought down in the box. No penalty was given but in the panic of the moment Yateley stopper Adrian Giles rushed his distribution which was cut out by Reid who unselfishly pulled back to Taylor who dispatched tidily.

    Within 5 minutes Taylor was clean through again and again he was brought down by the Yateley defence who were struggling to contain him. This time referee Kirk pointed to the spot and Bolton calmly put Priory 2 up with a driven shot into the bottom right corner.

    It was in the 57th minute that Priory completed a 12 minute triple blow to the hosts as Taylor grabbed his 2nd of the game with a fine strike from distance into the top right corner.

    Shell-shocked by the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half Yateley began to settle down and Priory seemed a little uncertain of how to deal with taking a 3-0 lead with still a good half an hour to play. Yateley started to control possession on the ball but Priory absorbed the pressure well and always looked dangerous on the counter attack. Yateley had a strong appeal for handball inside the Priory penalty area which was turned down by referee Kirk who was very unlikely to see through what was a large crowd of players.

    Having had a couple of good chances on the counter attack with Bolton rounding a number of players but unable to release his shot and Reid finding his way through 1-on-1 on a couple of occasions, the Priory 4th was inevitably scored by the tenacious Reid who this time managed to round the keeper to slot into an empty net.

    Yateley did have a late chance for a consolation in the final moments of the game as a corner was delivered to the far post only for the Yateley attacker to head against the post.

    Having delivered a couple of decent performances and strong results, Priory head to title contenders Virginia Water next week at Windsor FC where they conclude their season and will hope to continue their recent form and end the season on a high.

    Reigate Priory Team:

    1 Ben Smythe
    2 Michael Walker
    3 Scott Johnson (61′ Harry Swann)
    4 James Burwood
    5 David James
    6 Mario Prom
    7 Miri Morina (51′ Matt Carter)
    8 Michael Winnister (C)
    9 James Bolton 53′
    10 Luke Reid 68′
    11 Aaron Taylor 49′ & 57′

    12 Matt Carter (51′ Miri Morina)
    14 Harry Swann (61′ Scott Johnson)
    15 Dale Wyatt

    Manager: Dale Wyatt & Ben Smythe

  • Charity Football Match 30th Aug 11am KO

    Match details:
    The game will take place at Wallfield Reigate College playing fields KO 11.00am, 30th August 2015, between Reigate Priory Sunday 1st team v Sally Ann Babbs XI.

    Bar, BBQ (weather depending) open during and after the game.

    Sally Ann Babbs & Charity details:
    Sally Ann Babbs was born on 6th June 1954 in London and moved to Reigate in 1980’s to bring up her two children Alice and Tom, She was married to Tony and lived in the South Park area whilst living in Reigate.Sally was an extremely friendly and outgoing person and was very much part of the community helping out the local schools in the classroom and school fetes. Sally was regularly found on the side lines of local football pictures cheering her son Tom on and her favourite phase being “turn and face” even though she had no idea what it meant. That wasn’t Sallys first experience of football, with her first experience was Tony taking her Stamford Bridge to see his beloved Chelsea and Sally falling asleep in the August sunshine after a couple of Gin & Tonics.Sally eventually become a Chelsea fan and her favourite player being Ruud Gullit.

    Unfortunately Sally never got to see the the success Chelsea have had over the last decade as Sally sadly and suddenly passed away on 20th April 2005. Sally passed away from a stroke caused by a brain tumour. Sally has been sadly missed by friends, family and loved ones over the last decade and will continue to be missed.

    Since that sad day Sallys family, friends and loved ones have supported a charity which helped them through those very tough days, weeks and months following Sallys passing. That charity being the Stroke Association. The charity was formed in 1992 and it works to prevent strokes and supports people touched by a stroke, funds research and campaigns for the rights of stroke survivors. Website – www.stroke.org.uk

    The purpose of the charity fundraising football match is to pay our respects to Sally, celebrate her life and raise as much money as possible for the Stroke Association. In order to do this Sallys family and friends have worked hard to organise donations from local and national companies and will be raffling and auctioning a number of prizes off on the day with all money raised being donated to the Stroke Association. They have also set up a just-giving page where donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Sallyannbabbs.

    Raffle and silent auction prizes –
    Lets Race, race experience for 2 (formula 1 simulator)
    Fourball at Bletchingley Golf Club
    2 x Tickets for Surrey County Cricket at the Oval
    Meal for 2 at Buenos Aires in Reigate
    Meal for 2 in La Barbe in Reigate
    £30 Ladbrokes voucher
    £150 worth of threatmant at Chart Clinic in Reigate
    Denbies Wine tour for 2 people
    £50 voucher for Bills in Reigate
    Food Hamper from Bills In Reigate
    Meal for two at The Market in Reigate
    Meal for Two at The Arkle Manor in Betchworth
    £20 gift voucher for Pilgrim Brewery in Reigate
    Voucher for 2 at Gatwick Footgolf
    Plus many more….

    Please come and support local people paying football for a good cause and help raise money for a wonderful charity in memory of a wonderful lady.

    Directions can be found on the RPFC website and if you wish to contact the organiser for further details and if you would like to play, donate or contribute in any other way then please contact Tom at tombabbs@gmail.com.

    Many thanks for reading.
    Tom, Alice & Tony Babbs

  • Reigate Priory Sunday – Senior Cup Final Photos

    A very spirited performance by the Reigate Priory Sunday team who took on the Division One champions Mid Day Sun. With 20 minutes to go and Priory losing 2-1 it was a very tight match and looked like being a close finish to the game. However the unbeaten league champions pulled away at the end with the game finishing 5-1 to Mid Day Sun.

    Congratulations to Chris Comben and the team for reaching the final.

    Cup Action 2 Cup Action 3 Cup Action 4 Cup Action 5 Cup Action 6 Cup Action 7 Cup Action 8 Cup Action 9 Cup Action End of the game Goal Greeting the teams Team PhotoThe Chairman


    Surrey Elite League Tables Update – Feb 2015

    Enclosed are the latest league tables for the 1st and reserve teams:

    2014-2015 Season
    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Intermediate Division
    Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
    1 Battersea Ironsides 19 14 1 4 42 20 43
    2 Abbey Rangers 18 12 3 3 44 13 39
    3 Balham 18 12 3 3 56 33 39
    4 Horsley 15 10 3 2 38 16 33
    5 AFC Cubo 19 9 5 5 48 32 32
    6 N P L 21 8 5 8 53 42 29
    7 Ripley Village 17 8 3 6 34 34 27
    8 Project Clapham 20 7 3 10 42 43 27
    9 Virginia Water 17 9 2 6 43 24 23
    10 Reigate Priory 18 7 2 9 35 51 23
    11 Tooting Bec 20 6 3 11 32 51 21
    12 Merrow 17 5 2 10 28 49 17
    13 Yateley United 19 4 1 14 22 43 16
    14 AFC Spelthorne Sports 21 3 5 13 30 65 14
    15 Warlingham 17 3 1 13 27 58 10


    2014-2015 Season
    Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League
    Reserve Division
    Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
    1 AFC Spelthorne Sports Reserves 16 13 1 2 47 16 40
    2 Farleigh Rovers Reserves 15 12 1 2 44 18 37
    3 Worcester Park Reserves 16 11 3 2 37 16 36
    4 Battersea Ironsides Reserves 17 10 4 3 43 20 34
    5 Abbey Rangers Reserves 18 8 1 9 36 32 25
    6 Virginia Water Reserves 15 7 4 4 29 20 24
    7 Sheerwater Reserves 18 3 5 10 34 52 16
    8 Reigate Priory Reserves 16 4 4 8 27 46 16
    9 Warlingham Reserves 12 4 3 5 28 23 15
    10 Horsley Reserves 14 3 5 6 24 28 14
    11 Tooting Bec Reserves 19 2 8 9 28 45 14
    12 Ripley Village Reserves 17 2 5 10 20 51 13
    13 Mole Valley SCR Reserves 15 2 2 11 25 55 7