Well with the last game being over a couple of months ago the Priory Vets had another away outing, this time we were welcomed by Lloyds TSB who proved to be very good hosts.
As ever nothing goes smoothly with the Priory Vets in their pre-match preparation. For some reason the Priory had a much depleted squad for this game. Out of a squad of 25 players only 11 were available (well 10 if you include Ray the Chairman who pulled a groin muscle running the line the previous day!). Also with Reigate Priory putting 5 senior sides out on a Saturday there were a few casualties from Saturday (namely Gus M the goalkeeper!!).
One of the other noted absentees from the match was Johnny “Berasi” Vezaa who had been looking forward to the game so much he had bought a pair of Italian Pantofola D Or football boots…only for the wife to book a holiday for the Sunday with strict instructions to be at the airport for 3pm!! With Johnny having no idea where Beckenham was, or where exactly he was going on holiday he worked out that at least he know where Gatwick airport was being as its 15 minutes from his house so he took the easy option!
Anyway despite this the Vets remained optimistic despite a gloomy looking Sunday morning weather wise. Yet again there are always a few players who have all week to prepare for the game yet they still needed shin pads on the morning (Simon A and Lee W!!).
With only 11 players available Team Manager Lomas had a far easier time with regard to team selection. He didn’t have to spend his Saturday night desperately trying to put some sort of team together!!
The team consisted of: Simon A, Brian F, Ken Y, Andy C, Nigel L, Darren T, Nick T, Dan U, Lee W, Ray C, Nick H.
Things didn’t start well for the Priory as Lloyds TSB took a commanding 3-0 after 15 minutes. At this point it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for Priory Vets. However having worked out that Ray was more injured than we first thought he went in goal and out came Simon A to lead the attack. With Nick and Simon providing more movement up front Priory got back into the game and should off had a penalty on the half hour mark. However given that the ref was the oldest person on the pitch it was very unlikely that he had seen it!
For the second half Priory regrouped and the match which proved to be a more even affair. Even Ray our substitute goal keeper managed to pull off a number of great saves that actually involved him diving.
The afternoon wouldn’t have been complete if Brian F hadn’t taken a tumble. He was attacking the full back when the full back slipped and dived onto the ground. With a great opportunity to attack the Lloyds TSB goal Brian for some reason decided to follow and completed a carbon copy dive, it was like synchronised diving but on grass.
With the defence of Brian F, Andy C, Ken Y and Nigel L looking solid and the midfield quartet of Darren T, Nick T, Dan U and Lee W taking charge of the midfield Priory gave one of their best footballing displays.
But Priory still needed that consolation goal, where was it to come from…..well help was at hand in the form a Dave!!. Dave for some strange reason had decided to watch the game!?! Before he knew it he was in a Priory shirt leading the attack!!! Not only that Dave (no idea of his surname) created numerous goal scoring chances and final got Priory a goal!!
We celebrated Dave’s goal with sausage and chips in the clubhouse courtesy of Lloyds TSB’s great hospitality.