• 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

  • 1st Team Match Report – Bletchingley 1 Reigate Priory 3

    Priory made the very short trip to local rivals Bletchingley for the second round of the Surrey Intermediate Cup. Having struggled for results in years gone by against Bletchingley, today was a good opportunity to put that right with the hosts struggling in the league this season.

    Priory were able to name an (almost!) unchanged side from last weeks eleven that had turned over Abbey Rangers. Only Dan Benson was unavailable this week so there was a re-call for Arron Blackwood in the unfamiliar position of right-back. There was also a place for Shaun Blackwell on the bench following a few weeks absent.

    There was no doubting the importance of the game and it showed in Priory’s quick start. From the off, all over the pitch, there was pressure on the ball and a good work ethic rolling throughout the team. The back 5 slipped into their positions nice and quickly and were able to snuff out any danger from the Bletchingley front line. Walker and Ndazi slowly came into the game and were starting to pull the strings. Jamie Williams, as early as the 5th minute, was giving their right back an absolutely torrid time and only wastefulness in front of goal was behind Priory not getting the start they deserved. Stratton was starting to find alot of space in the middle of the park and a couple of through balls to Byrne and Payne forced the Bletchingley goalkeeper in action. The sustained pressure from Priory finally came through on the half hour mark as they broke the deadlock and it was talisman Byrne on the scoresheet. A good team move that started at left-back with Doicky and involved some quick passing and movement with Stratton, Williams and Walker all involved. Stratton moved the ball onto Payne in the centre of the pitch. Having dragged the left back inside, that left Byrne with acres of space on the right hand side of the box. Payne duly fed him the ball and, from a tight angle and with 4 players screaming for it in the box, he smashed the ball in with pace at the front post. 1-0 Priory. Despite the tight scoreline, the Priory backline were enjoying their easiest game of the season to date as the Bletchingley attacking “force” were failing to make a dent in Travis’ goal. He was called into a few smart saves but mostly shots from distance that were easily dealt with or lashed off-target. Priory went into half-time only 1-0 up but fully on top of the game.

    Even though Priory were the better team, 1-0 was still a dodgy scoreline and the game was still on a knife-edge. The Gaffers were keen to make sure we got the next goal and kill the game off. There was also an element of the problems that had been apparent the week prior and Priory were too keen to get the ball forward and were resorting to long balls.

    This problem was more than rectified in the second half as Priory put in another performance for the books. The all-important second goal only took 10 minutes to get and you could visibly see the fight leave the Bletchingley players at that moment. Some more excellent interplay saw the ball land to Rob Stratton outside the box and through on goal. Rather than bear down on goal, he elected to shoot early and across the goalkeeper with his left foot. The ball sailed into the bottom corner leaving the keeper no chance and taking Priory into a two goal lead. Rather than fight for a result, Bletchingley decided they were going to try and fight the Priory players – case in point being their striker who had tried (but failed) to argue with everyone on the pitch and a push in Doicky’s face could have led to more than the booking it got. It was a culmination of the pressure that Priory had been putting Bletchingley under and, in this honest writers opinion, they just could not handle it. The goal of the game came with 20 minutes remaining and it was a moment of individual skill from Stratton. Following a good move on the left involving Williams and Byrne, Chris spotted Stratton at the back post with miles of room. He pinged a delightful ball to him and, with the left back onrushing, Stratton glided past him with some dummy skill and stroked the ball past the keeper with ease. 3-0 and well and truly game over. Further wasted chances went begging as Priory failed to make it the higher scoreline the game deserved. There was still time for Bletchingley to grab a consolation goal and rob Priory of a clean sheet. Skipper Beckett rushed out to block a goalbound effort and his block landed to the grateful striker who slotted past Travis from 6 yards out, with the final kick of the game. Massive kick in the teeth!

    Whether it was consistency in the team selection or good preparation, the result never seemed in doubt for Priory. From start to finish the better team and, in all honesty, Bletchingley did not even deserve their goal at the end. For all their arguing and bickering, they never turned up and were completely outplayed by a confident Priory side. Time to start putting a run together and who knows where we will be come Christmas…

    Squad: Purnell, Blackwood, Beckett (c), Leask, Doick, Walker, Ndazi, Stratton, Williams, Payne, Byrne, Philcox, Blackwell

    1st Team Match Report – Abbey Rangers 1 Reigate Priory 4

    Priory made the trip up the M25 to Chertsey to visit Abbey Rangers. Rangers, promoted from the Surrey County Intermediate (Western) League last season, have enjoyed a positive start to their first season in the Elite league. They currently occupied 4th in the league and had only lost twice all season so it was going to be a tough ask for Priory following their poor display the week prior against Coulsdon.
     
    The Reigate side were able to welcome back Travis Purnell (from injury), Steve Beckett and Rob Stratton (from unavailability). With both Liam Hogg and Karl Paddley unavailable, there were starts for Dan Benson and Michael Walker – making his first team debut. With Jaime Philcox unwell, Steve Payne started on the right hand side. It was also bad news for Luke Reid. Following his timely return to the club, a horror tackle from a Coulsdon player last week had broken two bones and fractured another in his foot. He will be a big miss until the new year. Strange considering the Coulsdon player claimed he “never touched him”…
     
    Gaffers Davies and Winterburn insisted on an improvement from last weeks display, which had “been the worst game we have been involved with since joining Priory”. With the warning ringing in their ears, Priory took to the field and started the stronger of the two sides. Surprising considering the amount of changes to the starting 11 but Priory took a deserved lead with only 10 minutes on the clock. Jamie Williams was released in behind the backline and managed to lift the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper with Chris Byrne sheparding the ball over the line. Unfortunately, Priory could not keep up the intensity and were pegged back after the goal by an Abbey side looking to get themselves back into the game. After a large period of increasing pressure, Rangers were back level. A quick throw on and one-two left Beckett out of position and, in his absence, Abbey found the space to slip in the forward who made no mistake lifting the ball over Travis and into the unguarded net. 1-1 and game on. The Abbey goal gave Priory the kick they needed as they started to stamp their authority on a game they had had the better of. The final 15 minutes of the half would be the most important. First, Travis made a world class double save, saving point blank firstly and then launching himself at the feet of the striker to preserve the teams on level terms. Then, a few minutes later, the turning point in the match. Travis rolled the ball out to Walker who in turn moved the ball onto Williams. He was upended in the centre circle but his quick thinking saw a quick free kick taken into the path of Byrne. With Byrne through on goal, a mis-timed tackle from the Abbey centre-back left the referee with no choice but to send him off straight red for a professional foul and being the last man. Despite the players protests, it was the correct decision and the lack of argument from the Rangers bench said it all. What followed was some sustained pressure from the 10 men and Priory trying to force the ball forward too early which meant the game went into half time all-square.
     
    The Gaffers and Skipper Beckett asked for my patience in getting the ball forward in the second half and to wear out the opposition as they had only 10 men. Those words did not go unheard and Priory put in the type of display that needs to happen more often. They got the ball on the floor and used the strengths of Williams, Stratton, Payne and Byrne to great effect. Firstly, Williams fed Byrne inside the box who turned his marker inside out and fizzed a shot in at the front post which was too fast for the keeper to get down to and Priory had a deserved lead. The midfield pairing of Walker and Ndazi were working overtime to protect the back five and this was no more prominent then when one through ball managed to get past the centre back pairing of Beckett and Leask, Walker was there to time his tackle to perfection and preserve the lead. Further last ditch tackles from Doick and Benson would keep Priory’s noses in front and left the front men to inflict more woe on Abbey Rangers. The marauding Williams was having his best game of the season to date and it was from another of his lung-busting runs forward that Priory got their third goal of the game. As the keeper came rushing out, he slipped the ball past him at pace with the defender on the line unable to do anything but help the ball into the net. At 3-1, the game appeared dead and buried but the back five still had to be alert of the threat from set plays and counter-attacks. Travis made some timely catches and saves to keep Abbey at bay and when his defences were breached, Beckett cleared from in front of his goal with an own goal looking the more likely outcome! Stratton came off following a slight knock but could be happy with his days work. He was replaced by Danny Roberts. There was still time for the goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining. Wes (who had come on as a sub for the impressive Payne) fed the ball into Byrney. With Wes making a run for the one-two, a defender was dragged away and from 25 yards out, Byrne let fly an unstoppable shot leaving the helpless Rangers keeper with no chance. Not known for his goals outside the box, this was definitely one to savour for all in attendance.
     
    An excellent second half performance that, in fairness, probably would have been too much for Abbey had they had 11 men on the pitch. When Priory hit this kind of form, they will be tough for anyone in the league to beat. The key is consistency which has been lacking throughout this season. Some might say this has been down to injuries, unavailability and a different side every week. What must be consistent is the workrate and desire from the 14 people there for that game. We must ride this wave into the next game against neighbours Bletchingley in the county cup. Another big game and an opportunity to string two wins together for the first time this season. The gauntlet has been laid out…
     
    Squad: Purnell, Benson, Beckett (c), Leask, Doick, Walker, Ndazi, Stratton, Williams, Payne, Byrne, Roberts, Wes, Philcox
  • 1st Team Match Report – Reigate Priory 0 Epsom Athletic 6

    Reigate Priory 0 Epsom Athletic 6

    The less said about this game the better. Epsom travelled to Park Lane for the first proper home game at Priory’s ground and were looking to continue their excellent form from the start of the season. Priory were looking to win two games on the spin, something they haven’t managed yet this season. The sun was shining and there is no better setting for a game than Park Lane.

    Injury and unavailability continue to be the talking point of Priory’s season to date. Travis continues to struggle with injury and was replaced for a first start in the first team for Colin Finley. With talisman Stratton and last season’s top goalscorer Byrne still injured, gaffers Davies and Winterburn were left with limited options and a lack of competition for places in the squad. The Reigate side were, however, able to recall James Stone to the starting line-up. Tom Glithero took his spot on the bench.

    Having enjoyed an excellent battle against Epsom only a couple of weeks ago, nothing less than the same effort and desire would do against a side looking for promotion this season. The game started at a high pace in the searing heat (too hot for a game of football) with both teams looking to get the first strike and their nose ahead. For 20 minutes or so, Priory looked like they were in the game and would be able to reproduce some of the magic from their first encounter. However, Finley was called into action a couple of times to keep the scores level. Unfortunately, this was the point in which Priory imploded. First, they were guilty of giving the ball away in a dangerous position and, attacking in numbers, Epsom slipped the ball inside Benson for the striker to finish calmly past Finley in the Priory goal. 1-0 soon become 2-0 as Doicky was beaten by the lively right midfielder who lofted the ball into the area. Leask got underneath the ball to leave their striker with a free header and Priory staring down the barrel. They managed to limp into half time only 2 goals down as Colin pulled off some heroics and there was some last ditch blocks by Leask, Beckett and Paddley.

    The only crumb of comfort for Priory was they were only 2-0 down at half-time but more effort would be needed to try and get, firstly, some pride from the game and, secondly, a result. Unfortunately, the managers words fell on deaf ears and Priory turned in their worst half of the season so far. There was a lack of urgency, a lack of effort and a lack of belief in the team. The Epsom goalkeeper will not have an easier game this season and he was left to top up his sun-tan as his team went about their business of increasing their goal difference. Firstly, a counter attack down the right hand side saw their left midfielder hit the post. The rebound kindly bounced to their right midfielder who made no mistake from 10 yards out despite the efforts of Beckett and Finley on the line. A mix up between those two would lead to the Epsom fourth and it was at this point that you could physically see the team give up. Both Benson and Payne were replaced by Roberts and Glithero respectively but it was too late for them to make an impression. The changes also left holes and it was from a gaping hole through the middle that Epsom scored their fifth. Their left midfielder was given the freedom of the pitch to run at the Priory back four, exchange a one-two with the striker and pass the ball into the corner. The embarrassment wasn’t over though as another counter attack where the defence were overrun left the substitute with the simplest of tasks to get his second and Epsom’s Sixth to finish the rout.

    I’m not one for naming names but I think a couple of people deserve recognition and did not deserve to be on the end of this defeat. The score line makes it look like the defence had a shocker but defending for 70 minutes was always going to be a tough task. Colin Finley made an excellent debut and, without him, it could have been into double figures. James Leask also continued his good form since returning to the side and, apart from getting under the ball for the second goal, made a steady performance. Everyone else needs to stand up and be counted in the next game and fight for their place. As if people are not aware but the reserves have played 3 and won 3 this season so there is plenty of people waiting to make the step up. Another performance like this would see inevitably changes.

    It is key to remember the mistakes made in this game but to not dwell on the result. It is important to move on and what better opportunity than another home game against another tough side, Old Farnbroughnians. Nothing less than three points and a performance is needed.

    Squad: Finley, Benson, Beckett, Leask, Doick, Hogg, Stone, Paddley (c), Williams, Payne, Philcox, Roberts, Glithero.

    1st Team Match Report – AFC Cubo 1 Reigate Priory 2

    AFC Cubo 1 Reigate Priory 2

    Priory travelled to Barnes in South London to face another of the new sides joining the league this season, AFC Cubo. Cubo have started the season positively and would provide a tough test for a Priory side looking to get back to winning ways following back to back defeats.

    Once again, Priory were bereft with injuries and unavailability. Chris Byrne and Rob Stratton were both struggling with injuries and did not make the trip with both Jamie Williams and James Stone also unavailable. The Reigate side were able to welcome back Travis Purnell in goal and a place on the bench for Danny Roberts (not Robbo Robson!). Both Shaun Blackwell and Dan Scott made the step up from the reserves to complete the squad for this tricky away trip for Priory.

    Having arrived at the ground in good time, it was some what of a surprise that Priory started the game so slowly. With only 5 minutes on the clock, the new look backline was breached and Priory were behind. Whilst Arron Blackwood was off the pitch changing his boots, the man he should have been marking lofted a hit and hope ball over his shoulder which dissected the centre-back partnership of James Leask and Steve Beckett, leaving the Cubo forward the easy task of baring down on goal and slipping the ball past Travis. 1-0 and if Priory didn’t know they were in a game already, they did now. What should have provided the necessary kick up the backside failed to work as Priory almost saw themselves further behind with wasteful finishing from AFC, a last ditch tackle from skipper Paddley and a crucial save from Purnell keeping the score to a minimum. It was at this point that Priory started to get a foothold in the game and making their 4-5-1 formation work. Jaime Philcox was already working himself into the ground up front to hold the ball up and allow the Priory midfield to get up with him and it was from his pressure that Priory got themselves back into the game with 25 minutes played. He harried the full back into a hurried clearance which went off for a throw on. From his long throw, Liam Hogg rose the highest in a crowd of players to nod home his first goal of the season and get Priory back into it. The remainder of the first half was all Priory as they started to show some of the football that had taken Epsom to the wire a week prior. The backline had found their feet and were easily dealing with the Cubo pressure and starting up many of the attacks with their intelligent out play. An excellent ball by Paddley got Benson out wide. He moved the ball on to Payne who delivered a cross into Shaun Blackwell who jinked his way past the defender but was upended in the box. The ref had no choice but to point to the spot and give the penalty. Up stepped Dan Benson who had taken over penalty taking duties this season. Unfortunately, he failed to beat the goalkeeper and the chance was gone. Priory went into half time having played the better football at the end of the 1st period but a draw being a fair reflection of how the half had gone.

    With Blackwood still fiddling with his boots, Priory went about trying to make amends for the penalty miss. Another slow start meant the backline of Doick, Beckett, Leask and Benson had to be on their toes with Purnell sweeping up any trouble behind. As the game wore on, there would only appear to be one winner as Priory went about stamping their authority on a match that was slowly turning in their favour. A day to forget for Blackwood as he was replaced by super-sub Danny Roberts and the Reigate side changed to 4-4-2 to try and get something out of the game. The hard-working Philcox earned his side a free kick which Shaun Blackwell took and made the keeper work hard to tip over the bar. With numerous corners, both Shaun’s and Hoggy’s deliveries were spot on as Priory tried to fashion a goal-scoring opportunity. With 15 minutes remaining, Dan Scott was bought on for his first appearance for the 1st team, in place of Steve Payne who had worked hard down the right hand side. Within 5 minutes of the change, Priory were in front with both substitutes playing a roll. Dan picked up the ball on the right hand side and fed in Philcox. He turned the defender and moved the ball across the box to the onrushing Roberts to apply the finishing touches on an excellent team goal (although his connection wasn’t true and gave the goalkeeper a chance to clear!). Robbo now moving to top goalscorer with 4 in 2 games! There was still 10 minutes for Priory to see out but crucial interceptions from Doick and Beckett along with a couple of smart saves (and cleaning out Benson) from Purnell meant that Priory were able to celebrate another away victory and their most hard fought points of the season to date.

    Next up is our first home game at Park Lane against the league leaders Epsom Athletic. We need to show the battle and spirit from this game with the passing and football from the Epsom away game if we are going to get anything out of that game. Bring your A game boys!

    Squad: Purnell, Benson, Beckett, Leask, Doick, Hogg, Blackwood, Paddley (c), Blackwell, Payne, Philcox, Roberts, Scott.