• 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

    Priory pick up award at Palace!

    Reigate Priory Boys FC achieved FA Charter Standard status shortly before Christmas and last week, the club were invited by Crystal Palace to receive their official plaque on the pitch at Selhurst Park during half-time in the match against West Bromwich Albion. The club, which runs 15 youth sides and provides football for more than 300 boys between the ages of 5 and 18, was praised by the Surrey FA as being “a fantastic advert for grass roots football in Surrey”. Club Secretary Richard Stephen said that the award of Charter Standard status was recognition of the good work done by all those involved with the club and that he believed it would be a platform for further growth and success in the future.

    Back row: Colin White (Surrey FA), Crispin Heath (U10 Hawks manager), Stuart Porte (U14’s manager), Richard Stephen (Youth Secretary), Mark Chladek (U11 Predators Assistant Manager), Gary Mulcahey (Crystal Palace Foundation)

    Middle Row: Lawrence Porte (U12), Oliver Frampton (U12), James Godwin (U14)

    Front Row: Adam Chladek (U11 Predators), Ben Burrows (U11 Predators), Eben Heath (U10 Hawks), Harrison Porte (U14)

  • Reigate Priory FC End Of Season Game

    Very excited to announce that this season’s Reigate Priory FC End Of Season game is at the fantastic Madejski Stadium in Reading! More details will be released in the next few weeks but its the usual, club members only, £20 deposit, full price of £93 payable before May 1st. Game to be played Wednesday 21st May 2014 more details from Chris Comben.


    New Reigate Priory C Team

    Reigate Priory Football Club are proud to announce the creation of Reigate Priory C, a fifth Saturday side. Due to the unprecedented demand for starting places at Reigate Priory we have now created a new side to enable us to provide football for as many people as possible. This season the C team will begin as a side playing friendlies as a proof of concept. Assuming we are, as we believe, able to field five Saturday afternoon sides the following season the team will be entered into the Redhill & District league.

    We are actively looking for opponents, and as ever new players, if you are able to help please get in contact with us. The new C team will be managed by Brian Freeman with help from the excellent management and board structure that we already have at Reigate Priory. For more details on the new team and for Brian’s contact details please see the new C Team listing under Senior.

  • 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.

  • Battersea Ironsides 4 Reigate Priory 2

    Reigate Priory made the long trip to Battersea to face an Ironsides team that had started the season as up and down as Priory had. Priory were able to welcome back Rob Stratton and Steve Payne to the starting line-up with Chris Byrne still unavailable due to injury.

    During the early stages of the match, it was Priory that looked the most likely to open the scoring as they caught Battersea cold. Steve Beckett saw a volley saved by the keeper in the first minute as Priory had a succession of corners in a short period as they looked to get an early goal in this encounter. After a swift counter-attack involving Steve Payne and Stratts, the ball fell to Beckett again, around 25 yards out. He cut inside his defender and unleashed a shot that looked destined to curl in off the far post but just went agonisingly wide. Further chances from distance for both Jamie Williams and Stratton failed to trouble the goalkeeper. It was at this point that Battersea started to slowly pull themselves back into the game. Having seen Priory not taking their chances, Battersea grew in confidence and scored two goals in quick succession to take the sting out of Priory’s tail. The first was a good move involving the two centre midfielders who combined to set the left midfielder away after a ball over Benson’s head. Despite Travis making a save from the original shot, it kindly fell to the striker who was able apply the finish into an empty net. The second followed only a couple of minutes later and it had a hint of offside about it. The striker appeared to flick the ball on to his strike partner who may have been in an offside position and he delicately lifted the ball over Travis to extend their lead to two goals. With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Priory enjoyed their best spell of the match. Firstly, a Beckett free kick caused confusion in the box and Stratton was there to pounce on the loose ball and get Priory back in it. Then, just before half time, Stratton unleashed a strike from outside the area which was fumbled into the goal by the keeper and Priory were back in it, 2-2 at half-time.

    Unfortunately, Priory could not emulate their form from late in the first half. The second half started slowly as both teams appeared cagey and didn’t want to make the mistake that would lead to them losing the game. Then with 30 minutes remaining, Liam Hogg was slipped in behind the defence and went through one on one with the goalkeeper. Having scored two goals for the Surrey Elite Representative side during the week, most would have backed him to score. Unfortunately, he fluffed his lines, missed the target and the chance was gone. Up until about 10 minutes to go, Priory did not look like conceding again and a draw looked the most likely result. A couple of moments of lapsed concentration led to Priory being hit by another two goals in quick succession in the final ten minutes of the match. Firstly, a long and hopeful punt forward from a free kick fell to the Battersea striker with his back to goal and 18 yards out. Somehow, he managed to flick the ball on beyond Travis and into the far corner to send the Battersea players into a frenzy. Then, 2 minutes later, Doicky, who had kept their right midfielder quiet all game, just failed to stop his man getting the cross in and the striker got on the blind slide of Benson to nod in for a 4-2 lead. Having worked so hard to get back into the match, it was a touch break for the Reigate side. There was still a couple of late chances for Priory, one falling to Philcox (who had replaced Payne) from a Stratton cross on the left and Stratts had a chance to complete his hat-trick as the ball fell to him on his unfavoured right foot but he scuffed his shot and the chance was gone. The full time whistle went and Priory were left to ponder what could have been. Even better news, Priory next travel to league leaders Epsom Athletic on Thursday night. It never rains but it pours.

    Squad: Purnell, Benson, G Davies, Horan, Doick, Beckett, Hogg, Paddley (c), Payne, Williams, Stratton, Philcox, King, Blackwood.

  • 2011-12 friendly: RPFC A 4 – 2 RPFC B


    The first preseason friendly for both the A and B teams was in doubt 30 minutes before kick off, the local grounds man deciding not to prepare the pitch at Walfields!

    Gilo with his great local knowledge sniffed out an alternative venue and despite the traffic the teams made their way to The Ring. The game kicked off 30 minutes after the scheduled kick of time which allowed time for fans to make their way to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

    What looked to be a one sided affair on paper turned into a well fought game with the eventual winners deserving of the bragging rights.

    The A team’s big money summer signing, Matt Bone, started the scoring with a delicate lob over the B team’s stand-in number 1, Harry Martin.

    Bone was on the score sheet again with a sublime curling effort from just inside the box after some fierce battling by Sean Doyle put Bone through on goal.

    The B team pulled one back through Ben Vezza, his effort rolling over the line after a couple of deflections in a crowded box.

    A long throw found it way to Doyle on the edge of the box who drilled it low and hard beyond the substitute goal keeper Nathan Philips into the bottom right hand corner.

    An injury to Billy Kirsch saw him leave the field of play for an early shower, the resulting changes leaving the A team with 10 men on the field. Brian Freeman took his place in goal for the A team giving Harry Wilson a run out at left back.

    The B team came back into the game through Tony Evans and with 10 minutes to go the fear of losing the lead was clear on every A team players’ face and in their passing.

    However Stu Jones calmed the nerves of the A team with a sweet volley from just inside the box after a cheeky back healed flick by Paul Reece set Jones up for the goal that proved to be too much for the B team to come back from.

    After some decent performances by the likes of the solid Nick Hale, the energetic Matt Hedger, and Mr Dave Hall the management team may have some healthy selection issues to consider.

    Final score: RPFC A 4 – 2 RPFC B